AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution

In a clear case of intra-party punishment aimed at Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer for having the audacity to buck AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and his McCain-led establishment allies, comes this inexcusable retaliation. Bowyer hosted and appeared onstage at the July 11, 2015 Phoenix event featuring presidential candidate Donald Trump. That kind of independence doesn’t play well with those who want to dominate the party and, like John McCain, consider the conservative base “crazies.”

Kudos to Frosty Taylor, editor of Maricopa County Republican Briefs for the following report:

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has stopped payment on the rental check for the Republicans of Maricopa County office that opened July 13 in Tempe.

MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer confirms reports that the MCRC received notification of the ‘stop payment’ from the bank last week. AZGOP never notified Bowyer, nor the MCRC Treasurer of the ‘stop payment.’  MCRC Treasurer David Ludwig messaged the AZGOP upon receiving notification from the bank, however, the AZGOP has not responded.

“We are still in shock that Robert (Graham) would commit to funding the office through 2016 and suddenly pull the funding,” said Bowyer.

When Briefs contacted Graham Monday afternoon (July 20), regarding reports of the ‘stopped payment’, Graham cunningly responded, “It appears that Maricopa County is doing well.  I thought it was appropriate and wise to hold back funds and allocate the resources based on need.  With 14 other counties we have some large battles potentially in CD 1 and CD 2 not to mention our goal to bring the state house and senate to a greater majority.  We are working to help all the counties in the state with the Redroots program.  It has been my pleasure to help Maricopa get off the ground and into an office and look forward to working with them on Redroots.”

Graham denies reports circulating among GOP leaders that the AZGOP is punishing Bowyer and the MCRC for hosting the Presidential Candidate Donald Trump event a week ago that drew thousands of Republicans in attendance. 

Graham also denied reports that the AZGOP is short on funds. Graham said, “Tyler has not publicly thanked the AZ GOP or its donors for paying the rent.” However, long time party members, who were around several decades ago when Jack London gave the current AZGOP headquarters to the Republican Party, recall that the Maricopa County Republican Party Committee was to have access to quarters within that facility.

“Since the AZGOP removed the MCGOP out a number of years ago, out of the 24th street shared space, it has been up to the AZGOP to compensate for that. Robert seemed to agree, but the sudden move is very strange and unexpected on our end. We have made a serious effort to adopt a teamwork philosophy and this is very disappointing to see. We will continue to work hard on behalf of Precinct Committeemen and find resources to fund the Tempe office,” Bowyer said this evening.

Monday evening Briefs sent these additional questions to Graham:

  1. Why did you issue the Tempe rental check and then stop payment on it? Did you notify the county you were stopping payment?  If so, when? And to whom?
  2. Why would the county proceed with the ribbon cutting on the new facility last week if they knew AZGOP wasn’t going to pay the rent?
  3. Did you also stop payment on the county office in Sun City? 
  4. How many county offices (throughout the state) is the AZGOP paying the rent on?  Have they also been cut off?
  5. Were you directed to stop that Tempe facility check because Maricopa County hosted Trump? trump-shunned-arizona-gop-establishment-phoenix-visit 
  6. Why didn’t the AZGOP host Trump?
  7. Will the AZGOP be hosting any of the Republican presidential candidates when/if they come to AZ?
  8. Or is this something the county needs to be prepared to handle in the future?

Graham flippantly responded that he was on his way back East for a series of meeting and didn’t have time to answer the questions.

24 Responses to AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution

  1. State Delegate says:

    This reveal is disgusting but shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    Anyone active in the Republican Party in Arizona knows what an establishment toady Robert Graham is. I saw firsthand his sneaky maneuvers at the January 2015 meeting of elected State Committeemen when he made sure the ballots were all turned in, then forced everyone out of the auditorium and opened the back door to McCain, Flake and a bunch of Vietnamese McCain supporters he lodged in the balcony. They hooted and hollered for McCain while waving Vietnamese, NOT AMERICAN, flags.

    Robert Graham is clearly in the pocket of the John McCain, Jeff Flake and Jon Kyl (still actively pulling the strings behind the scenes) cabal that still want to dominate Republican politics in Arizona. The overwhelming censure of McCain the previous year enraged the string pulling Graham puppeteers. Ambitious Graham is more than willing to comply with their every whim in order to further his own political aspirations.

    I’m disgusted with myself for being naive enough to believe his slick presentations and be conned into voting for him the first time. I withheld my vote the second time and wouldn’t support this snake for dog catcher today.

    • Angee (@an66gnsangee) says:

      Include many of us in your commitment. Such a response! He’s on a trip and can’t reply to any questions?? Sure he’s on a power trip. We were warned and many of us didn’t believe it.

      Seeing his actions on this issue we’ll also take steps to deal with it. McCain and Flake are some of the most shameful Senators as far as representation for their constituents. We need to replace them with some who want to serve, not just get a check.
      LD15 PC

  2. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    It’s inconceivable that GOP chairman Robert Graham would think shutting down the newly opened Maricopa County Republican headquarters in advance of the upcoming elections makes any sense. This asinine action proves that he cares less about GOP outcomes than he does about submitting to his McMentors.

    • Angee (@an66gnsangee) says:

      Very childish of him to stop payment of this check. Sounds to me he’s picking up some of the revengeful childish behavior of his mentor. Ol’Mac.

  3. Rob Haney says:

    I have to agree with State Delegate. I too endorsed and voted for Robert Graham the first time he ran for State Chairman in 2013. Others warned me that I had completely misjudged Graham and would regret my endorsement. Boy are they being proven correct now.

    I wrote to Graham after the stunt he pulled at the 2015 State Convention to inform him that I believed him to be the Heifetz of BS. No one should believe a word Graham says. He is a great salesman. That is all. “Buyer beware” should proceed any conversations you have with Graham. I apologize to all those I have mislead in my 2013 endorsement of Graham. It was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made.

    • Doc says:

      Mr. Haney, 1st, after the incredable service you gave AZGOP in the past I believe nobody here holds any issue with your endorsement of this fraud mcGraham. I always say, “Nobody’s battin’ a thousand!”
      2nd, of course he didn’t have time to answer the questions posed to him! Those questions represent the TRUTH…of which this @$$-0-CI8 of th’ mcStain cabal knows absolutely Z-E-R-O about. The man is a liar, hypocrite, & fits perfectly with his mcMaster….he’s a bootlicker & nothin’ more.

    • Not A McCainiac says:

      Rob Haney,
      I well remember your two terms as Maricopa County Chairman. It was a pleasure to have unwavering conservative leadership. What we have now is a joke. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong, so your apology means a lot, since I was one of the many who followed your endorsement. But don’t beat yourself up too much. Slickster Robert Graham took a lot of us in. That’s the problem with endorsements. The truth is only the candidate knows what his or her actual motivation is. The rest of us know only the image they present and it all too often obscures the truth. Considering what a practiced liar Robert Graham is, many of us would have been conned regardless of any endorsements.

      It would be great if you considered running for State Chair. After this debacle, there would be a lot of us who would support your candidacy.

  4. Tempe state committeeman says:

    Thanks Mr. Haney for that, as many of us knew exactly what RG was about when he ran in 2010 against Mr. Morrissey. So many believed his promise of raising money for the Party in 2012. Many people were fooled. Worse yet, that many that voted for him this last time were immediately sorry when McCain came out AFTER THE VOTE and were shocked that Mr. Graham denied knowing about the balcony full of Vietnamese holding their McCain signs who would not have been there if not invited by one of his supporters newly elected to the county two weeks before. The truth is out and the people of AZ as well as a large majority of the precinct committeemen are not going to take these Democratic type tactics. We have had enough so look out we are not staying silent anymore.

  5. LD 23 PC says:

    Does anyone know if there is a mechanism to recall a state chairman? Robert McGraham.needs to go!

    • Tempe state committeeman says:

      Yes there is a mechanism for removal of the state chairman look at the state bylaws. We do have a few who are considering this. There has to be a competent candidate to replace him and there is that conversation going on in various parts of the state with some very angry but competent potential challengers. All of us have had enough of the McShame machinery with his flunkies doing the dirty work against the grass roots,

  6. Barbara Espinosa says:

    AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham Makes A Weasel Move Against MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer
    At the very successful Trump Event hosted by MCRC. The AzGOP Leadership McCain,Flake, Governor Ducey and AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham show their lack of manners for not attending or at least sending good wishes. I personally think they are a bunch of narrow minded sheep. I subsituted sheep for the A word.
    Photograph in original post
    MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer Barbara A.J. LaFaro
    Graham pulls a dirty trick on PC office in Tempe stops payment on rent check. My take is AZGOP has marching orders to shove Bush down our throats and will play any dirty trick in the book to see Bush is the AZ Guy for 2016. Boycotting a Republican Presidential candidate told the story, the grand ole party doesn’t want a candidate that makes them look incompetent on illegal immigration or point out the Republican inept congress. Trump does not follow their talking points, doesn’t need their money is his own brand and doesn’t need RNC.

  7. Claire Voyant says:

    Bravo to Tyler Bowyer for his spunk!! It didn’t take long for him to fearlessly prove himself as totally independent of the McCain chokehold. I hope he jumpstarts what could/should be a solid conservative political career by running for state chairman. Graham is toast.

    • azgary says:

      it wont matter, graham has done everything he can to ensure reelection of McCain and flake.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he resigned after they are reelected

  8. LD-29 PC says:

    I am so sick of this BS! This is exactly what McCain wants is a divided party! His boy Graham is doing a great job! What are our options on how to get rid of Graham?

    Between this and his failure to follow our wishes on closing the elections he has got to go!

    Can we recall him?

  9. suan says:

    Robert Graham is supposed to represent all Republicans in AZ. I saw a term that would describe him OBAMAREPUBLICAN, which includes John McCain, McFlake and some of Congress. Robert Graham needs to be replaced.
    Needs to be replaced.

  10. ZOO says:

    Graham’s retaliation is part of the new ‘get tough’ strategy unleashed by the gangsters at the RNC. In not so covert fashion their operatives are fighting the tremors that are shaking their heretofore invincible foundation.

    “Greetings, Donald Trump super fans. I am a member of the GOP establishment. I’m writing to tell you that, no matter how much you wish it otherwise, the Donald Trump candidacy is almost over.”

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/trump-voters-are-hillary-clintons-new-best-friends-120466.html?hp=m1#.VbBZ5jdRG04

    • azgary says:

      Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as ‘Clowns’
      Rick Wilson, a top Establishment Republican message and media strategist ran to Politico to attack Trump’s supporters as “clowns.”

      According to the most recent national poll, Trump is garnering support from 25% of the GOP base. Which means that a top Establishment strategist believes it is a smart strategy to smear 25% of the GOP’s most loyal voters as “clowns“:

      The circus is almost over.

      My advice to Trump fans?

      Don’t be the last clown out of the tent.

      Brilliant.

      Keep in mind that this is the same GOP Establishment privately and publicly lecturing Trump about “tone.”

      Let me run this down for you…
      McCain is calling Republican voters “crazies,” a top GOP strategist is trashing 25% of the GOP base as “clowns
      continues….
      http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/07/22/top-gop-strategist-runs-to-politico-smears-trump-voters-as-clowns/

  11. Fed Up says:

    The establishment might well be right in describing conservatives as “crazies.” We are the ones who spend countless hours in the Arizona sun collecting signatures on nominating petitions to put these amnesty-bent elitists back in power. We are the ones who pound their campaign signs along roadways that haven’t seen a drop of rain in the months preceding elections. We are the ones who make the phone calls, stuff envelopes and recruit new Republican precinct committeemen. Not only are these thankless jobs, but although we have been doing them for years we get ridiculed as “crazies,’ and John McCain sends his paid RINO pimps out to replace us with Vietnamese PCs who don’t even bother to show up at district meetings.

    Yep. I think they’re right. We are crazy. I’m also about to stop being so crazy. After years as a committed Republican worker, thinking I was doing meaningful work on behalf of the “White Hats,” I realize I’ve been a crazy. This will be my last cycle as a Republican. Robert Graham & Co can find me with the Independents he wants to keep the primaries open for — to help John McCain, of course. McCain is despised by most knowledgeable Republicans. Now that we have the full story on Robert McGraham, so is he.

    • Tempe state committeeman says:

      Sure way to win… take your marbles and go home. Your last cycle as a worker sure makes an interesting statement. The word quitter comes to mind. But no matter the rest of us will continue our efforts to restore the once Grand Old Party back to what it was.

      • Fed Up says:

        Take my marbles and go home? A “quitter”?
        You have no knowledge of what I have done on behalf of the local, statewide and national GOP. I’ve been a precinct committeeman, state committeeman, and donor for over 25 years. I attended a Republican national convention as a delegate, which I considered a proud accomplishment.

        In a show of appreciation for my years of efforts, McCain operatives gutted my precinct committeemen, replaced them with people who had never been active and have no interest in being active now. The McCain crew tried to get me tossed out as well, tho I prevailed. Don’t get so high handed when you have no facts.

        And by the way, what exactly do we “win” when the elected Republicans act exactly like the Democrats?

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Fed Up,
      Have you joined the Arizona Republican Assembly? Conservatives committed to recruiting those conservatives not “in” our Party as PCs into our Party. 50% of the PC slots across the state are vacant. If conservative PCs would focus on filling up those vacancies with conservatives who want to “do something,” we’d take over the Party apparatus in every LD, every county and, eventually, when the next state mandatory and statutory roll around, on the state committee.

      Stay with us and help us make that happen.

      Thanks,
      CW

  12. azgary says:

    GOP Pushing Bill that Codifies Obama’s Amnesty
    Anyone who has followed the modus operandi of the GOP leadership since 2011 will understand that even when they begrudgingly conduct votes on conservative priorities they will never stand behind them when it matters. They will never attach them to must-pass bills or budget bills. But if they are committed to passing standalone messaging bills, can they at least push the right legislation?
    the Senate bill is downright pernicious and counterproductive to immigration enforcement. The Grassley bill, which could possibly come to the floor without a committee markup, would only punish those localities that refuse to detain aliens already arrested or charged for crimes:
    (a) IN GENERAL.—A jurisdiction may not receive any of the funding described in subsection (b) if the jurisdiction does not cooperate with Federal officials with respect to criminal aliens or other aliens deemed to be a priority for removal by the Secretary of Homeland Security, including by refusing

    Not only does this bill limit the punishment to cooperation on criminal aliens, it explicitly blesses Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty in plain English. While there are no specific penalties mandated against sanctuary cities for not complying with the law, section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 explicitly requires states and localities to cooperate with federal authorities inquiring about the immigration status of “any individual.” This bill tacitly blesses the lack of cooperation on all but Obama’s stated priorities. As Mark Kirkorian observes at National Review, putting aside the fact that Obama doesn’t even enforce the law against criminal aliens, this bill would “effectively codify Obama’s deportation priorities, putting Congress on record as demanding the deportation only of the worst criminal illegal aliens, giving cities a free hand to shield all other illegals.” He also predicts that this would pave the way for the ACLU to actually punish those cities that detain illegals that don’t fit the criteria of Obama’s royal edict.
    This is a classic Orwellian GOP response to a Democrat outrage. They fight back by validating the other side’s messaging and priorities. This is similar to Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. McCaul’s (R-TX) “Countering Violent Extremism” bill in which he adopts the messaging and priorities established by groups aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama Administration instead of actually combating Islamic terror.

    The Grassley bill is another case of subtraction by addition.
    – See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/Commentary/2015/07/gop-pushing-bill-that-codifies-obamas-amnesty#sthash.C70ETrGP.dpuf