Why the confusing message from AZ GOP?

Robert Graham’s slippery mailers irritate, alienate voters

A. J. LaFaro, immediate past chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) calls into question the rationale of AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham spending tens of thousands of dollars on mailings and robo calls to registered Independents urging them to re-register as Republicans so they can vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016.

The Presidential Preference Election is not a Primary Election. A preference election is the means by which Arizona voters aligned with a political party cast their ballot for the candidate they want their delegates to vote for at the National Convention. The state’s actual Primary Election takes place Aug. 30.

LaFaro, currently serving as National Director of the Arizona Republican Assembly, notes Graham’s efforts make no sense if you look at Arizona’s four previous Republican Preferential Preference Elections:

1. 2012 – 45.45% of registered Republicans voted (511,239 of 1,124,726)
2. 2008 – 51.98% of registered Republicans voted (541,767 of 1,042,294)
3. 2004 – No election because Bush was the incumbent
4. 2000 – 35.56% of registered Republicans voted (323,242 of 909,063)

LaFaro cites the Secretary of State’s website, which reports there were 1,107,108 registered Republicans as of July 1, 2015. Instead of wasting tens of thousands of dollars confusing and alienating Independent voters and the public, he asks why doesn’t Robert Graham and the AZ GOP reach out to all of Arizona’s Republicans and encourage them to get involved, stay involved and vote for the presidential candidate they prefer?

Makes sense to us.

Fox News 10 ran this report titled, Confusion surrounds AZ GOP election mailer. (Click link to view.)


13 Responses to Why the confusing message from AZ GOP?

  1. William Heuisler says:

    Because McCain needs as many “Independent” voters as he can get to replace all the Republicans he has lost through his treacherous votes for Illegal Alien Amnesty, funding Obamacare, defrauding our elderly and siccing the IRS on Conservatives.

  2. State Delegate says:

    It’s abundantly clear that opening what should be a closed party election invites sabotage and neuters the purity of the intra-party process. Increased numbers are not what this process is about. It’s called a Primary Preference for a reason. If Independents want to vote in either party’s preference elections, they need to choose the party that best represents their views and register with it. We can all be as “Independent” as we want in the General Election.

    I voted for Robert Graham the first time he ran for state chairman when he presented what I erroneously concluded was a fresh vision. It turned out he’s tied at the hip to John McCain and Jeff Flake, as we saw during the shenanigans he pulled when he ran the second time. His vision is theirs. Graham is nothing more than an ambitious slickster, who follows directives from RINOs, hoping to be rewarded for his toadyism.

  3. American Patriot says:

    John McCain must have whispered this foolishness in Robert Graham’s ear. McCain needs an open primary to allow democrats and those with no political core to vote for him. Conservatives sure as hell won’t.

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I was very irritated getting this postcard in the mail. It’s confusing and cost a lot of money to irritate and confuse people.

    They say this preference election is the means by which Arizona voters aligned with a political party cast their ballot for the candidate they want their delegates to vote for at the National Convention.

    I have no expectation that this will be handled fairly by the AZ GOP.

  5. Jill Arizona says:

    To answer your question, as a friend said… I would take “things I can do to help McCain” for 300 Alex.

  6. LD 28 voter says:

    Looks like another vote splitter has entered the Senate Race. Does anybody know anything about him ? Here is his web site:

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    This is a Must Read:

    Former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo is leaving the GOP.

    His reasons are astounding, especially as it pertains to G.W. Bush and Karl Rove.

    Here’s the link:

    It is apparent that the concept of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is no longer in vogue, and hasn’t been for quite awhile.

    Is this country being held together by paper clips and scotch tape?

    Or is the country like that enormous military blimp which mysteriously slipped it’s mooring at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in northeast Maryland earlier this week and floated aimlessly through the air, dragging thousands of feet of thick, heavy cable on a destructive path across the Pennsylvania countryside, before it fell to the ground right next to a school that was in session. (that story sure went dark real quick.)

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      What a great article. Tom Tancredo speaks for me. He’s always been an honest guy. Not what Washington wants around. I remember when the despicable Karl Rove actually told him “never to darken the door of the White House again” because of his criticism of the administration’s dangerously lax immigration policies in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

      I began to – ahem – ‘dislike’ GWBush and Karl Rove when they telegraphed that nothing concrete will be done on illegal immigration, even after 9/11.

      It’s a crying shame someone with the character and true belief in what this country (used to) stands for is so disillusioned with the system. It took Congressman Tancredo longer than it took me to leave that snakepit they call the GOP. His parents came here from Italy. He has pride that they did all the right things to be a part of this country. And a wonderful man like him is beaten down by “his party.”

  8. Doc says:

    Buried way down from “The BLAZE”, I found the following:


    …our ?senator? voted…yea…with th’ dim-0-craps.

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    McCain proudly said on the Hugh Hewitt show on Wednesday that he was in favor of it. And Hugh applauded that. Makes one sick to their stomach. I’m only surprised that we don’t see Flake on that short list of “Republicans.” However, we do see Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, McCain’s other little soldiers.

  10. azcatsclaw says:

    The AZ GOP is so ineffectual I received a call from them urging me to vote for the Republican candidates for the Tucson city council election. Point is I do no live in Tucson or even an outlying community of Tucson and never have.

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