AZ GOP Graham misleads, blames; ignites war with LaFaro

In this emailed letter addressed to Republican PCs, Chairmen and Executive Committee Members, AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham has removed the saber from its scabbard as he proceeds to slash at…. “a former party chairman” defined by Graham as “woefully unsuccessful…” while questioning his “true Republican” commitment.

The bizarre letter, received Wednesday is titled, “Dispelling Rumors.” It should have been titled, “Fancy Footwork by a Clumsy Dancer.”

The fact is Graham has received numerous questions — all of which have gone unanswered — regarding his recent disreputable actions toward the Maricopa County Republican Party which he characterizes as “rumors surrounding the temporary cash assistance we provided to MCRC.” He then makes embarrassingly inept attempts to “provide some insights.”

This is just another of many such shoddy misadventures in which Graham has engaged. Scratching the surface always reveals his links to the McEstablishment in general and John McCain, in particular. A few examples can be found here.

Acknowledging “mistakes” were made, Graham runs for cover behind the skirts of his aged grandmother’s out-of-state birthday celebration, his staffers and his need to be “in DC speaking at a Senate briefing against President Obama’s Iranian deal.” What Robert Graham’s foreign policy or nuclear enrichment expertise is, remains a mystery.

The “former party chairman” Robert Graham alludes to is not nameless — neither is he mute. Unlike Graham, he is a committed conservative named A.J. LaFaro — and he is more than willing to respond. His reply isn’t disjointed and doesn’t ramble, since he has nothing to conceal.

A.J. LaFaro’s succinct response:

Robert Graham appears to have serious problems. His continued lame attempts and Saul Alinsky tactics to promote himself while falsely attacking conservatives is irrational and divisive – but not unexpected.

The cheap shot he took at me is meaningless, frivolous, baseless and without merit just like the complaint filed by the progressive socialists.The AZGOP Precinct and State Committeemen should remove Robert Graham from office just like John McCain.

A. J. LaFaro
National Director, Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA)
Immediate Past Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)

12 Responses to AZ GOP Graham misleads, blames; ignites war with LaFaro

  1. azgary says:

    little Robbie mcgraham represents everything that is wrong with the republican party

    • East Valley PC says:

      All too true. Arizona Republicans are unfortunately being led by a slick salesman who is tied at the hip to those who are anathema to conservatives. I voted for Robert Graham and regret it. When he pulled his shenanigans at the January 2015 state meeting, I was among those who walked out. For him to attempt to demean a trustworthy man like AJ LaFaro tells more about Graham than LaFaro.

  2. Doc says:

    mcGraham-cracker was left “scratching his head.”? After reading his lame-0 drivel, as a medical professional, my assessment is that this individual has sufferred a severe head injury & needs a CAT-SCAN, STAT! Someone here, & I can’t remember exactly who, suggested that Mr. LaFaro be “drafted” to run for State Chair. I don’t know about “drafting” anyone, (especislly in light of some of the ‘legal’ shenanigans the mcStainiacs have pulled of late) but after removing this lying, hypocritical, & incompetant bufoon graham, perhaps a conversation with Mr. LaFaro, to see if he’d be interested in the job, is in order.

  3. MacBeth says:

    In his letter, Graham continues to take sarcastic jabs at Maricopa County Republican chairman Tyler Bowyer. Graham acknowledged Lori Klein and Aaron Borders involvement in the Donald Trump event, but omits any reference to Bowyer who actually made the event a success despite the warnings not to promote it from Jeff the Flake and McAwful himself. McCain called the thousands who showed up to hear Trump, “crazies.” I was among them and I’m sane, but I have to admit standing in the long line in the sun made me begin to doubt my own sanity….until I got inside and heard Trump. Tyler Bowyer and Sheriff Arpaio were also standouts as were the parents who spoke of their children who were murdered by illegals. Robert Graham wanted no part of this event and was happy to have the cover of his grandmother’s birthday.

  4. Attila The Hunny says:

    It’s plain to see Graham is full of himself. What he unsuccessfully tries to hide is that he is also full of McCain. It’s his guru McCain who calls the tune for Graham’s marching orders. I’d bet the farm that McCain was involved in Graham’s “speaking at a Senate briefing against President Obama’s Iranian deal.” It’s preposterous to think that anyone in Washington would turn to Robert Graham for input on the global threat posed by a nuclear armed Iran. McCain’s staff must have worked double time to pull this sham off. What a colossal waste of the attending senator’s time having to listen to this arrogant windbag who has no credentials relevant to the subject.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      That’s sure how it looks. Payback to McGraham by McCain for not attending the Trump visit to Phoenix; keeping the voting an open primary; and treating Tyler Bowyer so shabbily. A person with good character would not want to be led around by the nose by a damaged U.S. Senator.

      Mr. Graham – please tell your leader, Mr. McCain, that I REALLY don’t like being referred to as crazy. That must be what he calls people who don’t “obey” the McCain rules. You must like being told what to do by the ‘top’ rather than representing (all) the people. It’s a bad situation.

      • azgary says:

        there are certainly a lot of us “crazies” here in az:

        Poll: Trump Holds a Commanding Lead in Arizona

        Real estate developer Donald Trump is continuing his strong showing in the GOP presidential polls, leading in Arizona in a new poll of top-10 candidates conducted by Phoenix-based MBQF Consulting.

        Respondents to the automated telephone survey were given a choice of the top 10 candidates as recently determined by a Politico story, pollster Mike Noble told The Arizona Republic. In that poll, recently announced candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich barely missed the cut and was not included in the survey.

        Trump was the favorite of 26.5 percent. He was followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12.6 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12.1 percent.

        The rest of the field:
        Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 8.7 percent
        Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 6.0 percent
        Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 3.9 percent
        Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 3.9 percent
        Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 2 percent
        Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 1.7 percent
        New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 1.7 percent
        A total of 21 percent were undecided.

        The poll asked, “If the election were held today for the Republican primary for President of the United States, which of the following top 10 candidates, listed in alphabetical order by last name, would you be most likely to vote for?”

        With the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates jockeying for the top 10 positions to be in the first upcoming presidential debate momentum is crucial,” Noble said.

        “According to likely Arizona GOP voters Donald Trump is by far and away the candidate that most resonates, in which he also polled at a 61.3 percent favorability rating.”

        Trump’s numbers have increased since he said Arizona Sen. John McCain was not a war hero for being captured in Vietnam. McCain had previously said the thousands who showed up at a Phoenix anti-immigration rally where Trump spoke were “crazies.”

        The poll, conducted Wednesday, spoke to “758 high efficacy primary Republican voters” and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.56 percent.

  5. LD 23 PC says:

    I know I’m not alone in desiring actual conservative leadership in the AZ Republican party. McCain has always colluded with the far left and harmed us in countless ways. Why the AZ GOP remains under his thumb is a mystery to me. In 2008, when he as supposedly running for president, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay summed him up in this interview with Neil Cavuto, when he said, “John McCain has done more to hurt the Republican Party than any elected offical that I know of.”

  6. State Delegate says:

    This headline in the Daily Caller says it all: “McCain, Flake race for least popular senator prize.”

    Conservative Review rated McCain an “F.”

    Jeff Flake received the same rock bottom grade as his mentor.

    What’s Robert Graham’s response to these scores from Conserative Review? We need to ask him.

  7. Pima Pal says:

    It’s time for new leadership at the AZ GOP. We need someone not tied to John McCain and his faction. They don’t represent the conservative base who move the party.

    • azgary says:

      i doubt he will, but i wouldn’t really be that surprised if he resigned.

      his damage has already been done for 2016, he has kept the primary open to keep McCain and flake as nominees

  8. azgary says:

    mcrc and bowyer made breitbart:

    Grassroots Arizonan ‘Crazies’ Are ‘Interested in Issues’ over Politics

    Entrenched U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) May be in for the fight of his life in his 2016 re-election bid, as he uses the term “crazies” to describe the approximately 15,000 border security-advocating Arizonans who showed up for Donald Trump’s July appearance in Phoenix.
    Breitbart News spoke exclusively with Maricopa County Republican Party (MCRP) Chair Tyler Bowyer regarding McCain’s comments and the makeup of the crowd for the Phoenix event.

    McCain’s “crazies” comment came in an interview with a New Yorker reporter in which the Senator said, “This performance with our friend (Trump) out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me.” He continued, “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.” He later tried to pass the comment off as a “term of endearment.”

    Bowyer told Breitbart News, “Anyone that likes to go after voters has a fundamental problem with the way that they think. We have some great people, salt of the earth.” He continued, “Whether it’s Senator McCain or Donald Trump or whoever, those in the grassroots and beyond the grassroots are really interested in topics and issues.”

    Trump traveled to Phoenix after meeting with family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens in Los Angeles, California, and after speaking with Freedom Fest attendees in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been heralding the egregious problem of sanctuary city policies, lax immigration law enforcement, and lacking border security. He has since surged to the top of the polls among 2016 GOP candidates.

    McCain, on the other hand, was formally censured in January of 2014 for abandoning the GOP base by “drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees.” Maricopa County Republicans overwhelmingly voted 1150-351 for censure. Apache County and Mohave County had also censured McCain. Bowyer was voted in as chairman one year after the MCRP censure.

    In McCain’s last primary fight against J.D. Hayworth in 2010, McCain ran a strong “build the danged fence” border security ad. Arizonans have not forgotten that declaration and the lack of follow through that came after the election was over. Many supporters of McCain’s primary challenger and State Senator Kelli Ward refer back to those failed McCain campaign promises.

    Bowyer also remarked on Obama’s failed catch and release polices along with effective amnesty programs DAPA and DACA. He went on to mention positive legislation such as Kate’s Law, aimed at deterring illegal immigration. That bill met support in the U.S. House of Representatives that was not as strong in the Senate. Bowyer noted that people want to see the two sides work together on such positive legislation.

    Bowyer said the people of Arizona are “interested in issues, not just personalities, but issues.” In Arizona, border security and immigration enforcement are among those important issues.

    At the official launch event for State Sen. Kelli Ward’s campaign for McCain’s U.S. Senate seat, attendees over and again expressed appreciation for McCain’s military service but that he’s been in Washington too long and it’s time for him to go.