If you’re an elected Republican precinct committeemen who will be attending the Mandatory Meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) this coming Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, you no doubt received this baffling letter emailed Sunday, Jan. 10, from Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham.
Read it carefully. For all of his smooth word play touting party unity, it’s actually Graham who is engaging in attempts to sabotage the leadership of Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer.
This is not the first rodeo for cowboy Graham. A July 30, 2015 post titled, AZ GOP Graham misleads, blames; ignites war with LaFaro, includes a similar letter which he emailed under the heading, “Dispelling Rumors.” As we noted at the time, it should have been titled, “Fancy Footwork by a Clumsy Dancer.” Graham, closely linked to John McCain, obviously has a problem with Maricopa County chairmen, who represent the conservative wing of the party.
In the recent Jan. 10, letter Robert Graham attempts to protect low-level McCain operatives Jeni White and Aaron Borders as he undercuts the leadership of Maricopa County Chair Tyler Bowyer. The split between the two grew to monumental proportions when Graham employed spiteful retribution aimed at Bowyer for having the audacity to buck Graham and his McCain-led establishment allies, when 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.”
Graham was one of the few Republican precinct committeeman who did not attend the Trump event. Neither did he have anything positive to say about it afterwards. Many will recall that Borders clumsily angled to become the chair of Trump’s Arizona campaign. A poor working relationship with Trump’s national staff caused him to be rejected. Borders overplayed his hand, alluding to greater abilities than he possessed. Jeni White has a reputation for undercutting conservative leadership at every turn.
The question to ask is why is state chair Robert Graham even involving himself in these issues?
He has shown a propensity for interfering in MCRC affairs. Contrary to his claims of simply wanting to get Republicans elected, his purpose is actually to elect McCain aligned officials and ensure protection of low-level McCain operatives as he has done in LD 30 and in his letter advising precinct committeemen not to vote in Saturday’s MCRC election.
Robert Graham has also failed to fulfill his responsibility as state chairman by refusing to assemble bylaws and resolutions committees in advance of the upcoming meeting.
At Saturday’s meeting, Maricopa County GOP PCs will have the opportunity to determine the leadership they desire in the crucial coming year. There is a clear choice between the saboteur tactics of First Vice Chair Jeni White and Second Vice Chair Aaron Borders or the conservative leadership of chairman Tyler Bowyer.
You know what to do.