Sat. Jan. 23 elected state committeemen poised to vote on anti-establishment resolutions
You may have received this email from A.J. LaFaro:
There has been a lot of discussion and debate as to why Robert Graham should be or shouldn’t be censured.
It’s my understanding Robert Graham is using AZ GOP staff members, resources and hired a telemarketing firm using AZ GOP monies to call you for the purpose of finding out how you feel about the resolution to censure and possibly providing you with misinformation to influence your feelings and decision.
The censure doesn’t remove Robert Graham from office.
It wasn’t an easy decision to author the resolution to censure that will be introduced from the floor on Saturday, but it had to be done. With the AZ GOP Bylaws restriction of 250 words, it is extremely difficult to write one with any degree of detail or specifics. That’s why I penned the attached “Factual Reasons for Censuring AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham.”
Please let me say again, the censure doesn’t remove Robert Graham from office. However, it does provide all of the AZ GOP State Committeemen the opportunity to come together to honestly and passionately discuss Robert Graham and his term in office. Every elected official should be reviewed and held accountable to the people they are suppose to serve.
Please join me in signing the signature petitions and voting this Saturday for the resolutions to “Censure Robert Graham” and “Endorse Anyone BUT McCain.”
A. J. LaFaro
LD18 Precinct and State Committeeman
Immediate Past Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)
A FEW REASONS FOR CENSURING AZGOP CHAIRMAN ROBERT GRAHAM:
1. Robert Graham and the AZGOP are under investigation by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) for alleged campaign finance violations.
2. Violation the Arizona Revised Statutes –
A. Several County and LD Chairmen have expressed concern that Robert Graham and the AZGOP have been filling vacant state committeemen positions without their advice and consent. This is a violation of ARS 16-825.01.
ARS 16-825.01. State committee; vacancy; filling of vacancy
In the event of a vacancy in the office of state committeeman, in counties with populations of less than five hundred thousand persons, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment made by the state chairman with the advice and consent of the county chairman of the county in which the vacancy occurred. In counties with populations of five hundred thousand or more persons, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment made by the state chairman with the advice and consent of the county chairman of the county in which the vacancy occurred and the district chairman of the district in which the vacancy occurred, and shall be filled by a person who resides in the same district in which the vacancy occurred.
3. Violation of AZGOP Bylaws –
Robert Graham and the AZGOP have repeatedly violated the AZGOP Bylaws concerning the 2015 Statutory Meeting and this year’s 2016 Mandatory Meeting.
The AZGOP Bylaws demand a nominations and a resolutions committee be created using specific bylaw requirements that provide for open transparency, honest communications with and input by all the State Committeemen if they so desire.
Article III, Section H, Paragraphs 1 and 2, Page 4, resolutions committee and resolutions
Article IV, Section C, Paragraph 2, Page 5, nominating committee meeting and call letter report
4. Reckless interference and meddling in County and Legislative District (LD) Republican Committees –
Robert Graham and the AZGOP have continued to recklessly interfere and meddle in the business of several County and Legislative District (LD) Republican Committees. Maricopa County and LD30 to name a couple. Defunding the Maricopa County GOP East Valley Office and having a cease and desist letter sent to Maricopa County and it’s LD Committees from using the elephant logo directly after the first Trump rally. Robert Graham has allegedly called the County and LD Chairmen and threatened to limit their state delegates to the April 30th State Convention as retribution.
5. Elimination of access to voter data systems –
Robert Graham and the AZGOP has taken away access to the voter data systems he once said he was providing to PCs for their direct use. He now has a person in charge who has very little experience and availability to support the amount of work needed to help the PCs and taken away all data/walk book access from the Counties and Districts.
6. Serious conflicts of interest –
Many of the AZGOP staff members and their family members have worked for or are working for John McCain’s PAC and Sean Noble’s Political Consulting Firm.
7. Refusal to close our primaries even after an overwhelming number of Precinct and State Committeemen demanded he do so.