AZ Primary Election: The numbers are a’changin’

Elected Precinct Committeemen are under siege again

The ponderous Primary Election count has continued long past Tuesday. Winners become losers and losers, winners as the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office processes thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots.

Congressional District 5 candidate Christine Jones, earlier considered the victor, appears to have lost by 9 votes — 29.47% to 29.48%  to former state Senate President Andy Biggs in the final tabulation early Saturday. Jones has already assembled a team of lawyers and election experts to mount a challenge to the updated numbers.

Even County Recorder Helen Purcell, who oversees elections, is not immune to the vagaries of ballot counting. She has also watched as her political light dimmed and brightened, first being declared the runner-up to challenger Aaron Flannery and then called as the winner by 185 votes— or 50.03% to his 49.97% — at the last count — Saturday 2:03 am.

All of the vote totals can be seen here.

Recounts, as spelled out in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Chapter 4, Article 12, are sure to be in the future.

If you ran for election as a precinct committeeman, your wait will be even longer. The final tabulation won’t be available until the proverbial cows come home — probably Wednesday Sept. 7. The elections take on larger significance since longtime PCs, the unpaid, grassroots workers of the political parties are once again having an elbow thrust in their gut, as the GOPe (establishment) is working with Team McCain to oust McCain disloyalists — real or imagined— from the party ranks. Concerted efforts include purposely overfilling the allotted number of committeemen allowed in each precinct and then either mailing out or hand delivering cards to households with the names comprising a “conservative slate.”  The maneuver is intended to aid the establishment by knocking actual conservatives off the roster. The fact that these are loyal Republican workers is of no consequence when it comes to the down in the weeds, devious schemes few would expect U.S. Senators to engage in.

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This is not a new phenomenon. Former Sen. Jon Kyl engaged in these underhanded tactics in 2012. As we pointed out at that time, the precinct committeemen elections are crucial since it is the elected precinct committeemen who elect the party leadership. Having conservatives in these posts hinders the efforts to have malleable stooges voted in to do the biding of the Republicrat honchos, who invariably push for amnesty immediately after they are reelected.

After McCain was censured by elected state committeemen at the 2014 annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party, he undertook a mission to replace conservatives. His scheming with out-of-state Obama donors made the national news. Read about his tyrannical tactics in Front Page mag, Breitbart. and POLITICO.

8 Responses to AZ Primary Election: The numbers are a’changin’

  1. Former GOP PC says:

    It should be inconceivable that US Senators with critical national issues on their plate would be delving into precinct committeemen elections, but obviously these are the schemes they give priority to.
    I have ceased to be amazed at the shenanigans they engage in. BTW, John McCain was censured for good reason. He calls himself a “maverick” for peeing on our heads and telling us it’s raining. He votes with the Democrats on issue after issue. He and Kyl and now He and Flake are reliable lefties. All of them have been bonded to amnesty giving us double talk about securing the border. McCain was going to build the dang fence. What happened to that? Answer: He was reelected and the fence was kicked to the curb in favor of the Gang of Eight amnesty plan he and Jeff Flake put together with a slew of liberals.

    My dad used to say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I didn’t get the meaning as a kid. I sure do now. McCain will be without the votes of my wife and me in November. He’ll get the same respect from us as we got from him when his operatives removed us as PCs last election cycle after years of dedication to the Republican party. We donated sweat equity and money. They get neither now. We been replaced by recruited Vietnamese McCain supporters who never show up at the district meetings and do nothing for the Republican Party.

    • Seen It All says:

      Your unfortunate story is being repeated in precinct after precinct. We, the grassroots party workers mean nothing to the GOPe who regard us as pests rather than with gratitude. We have walked door to door on their behalf, pounded their signs, worked phone banks and gotten mailers out for them for years. All of our efforts on behalf of the GOP can be bought with the PAC and lobbyist’s donations that are the life breath of the elected DC contingent without having to deal with us. They invite us to local fundraisers to keep us tied to them, allowing us to think we matter. The real money comes from the DC soirees that we are never even hear about, since they are thrown by and attended by the deep pocket lobbyists. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. The lobbyists buy loyalty and votes and the senators and reps reap the cash rewards.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        This is old information, but it proves your point regarding lobbyists:

        Oligarchy – a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

        America’s New Oligarchs

        In the 2012 election, 0.01 percent of the population—a mere 31,385 people—were responsible for 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions to federal candidates, party committees, congressional campaign committees’ PACs and super PACs, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation. Not a single congressional candidate was elected without a contribution from one of these 31,385 individuals, whose minimum donation was $13,054 and median was $26,584—about half of what an average American household makes in an entire year.

        Companies
        The top represented employers among the 0.01 percent were:
        1. Goldman Sachs: 85 donors
        2. Blackstone: 49
        3. Kirkland and Ellis: 40
        4. Morgan Stanley: 38
        5. Comcast: 37
        6. Akin Gump: 36
        7. Google: 33
        8. Harvard University: 33
        9. Microsoft: 31
        10. Podesta Group: 30

        Cities
        The most represented cities were:
        1. New York: 2,259 donors
        2. Washington, D.C.: 814
        3. Houston: 664
        4. Chicago: 603
        5. Los Angeles: 598
        6. Dallas: 507
        7. San Francisco: 498
        8. Boston: 266
        9. Atlanta: 262
        10. Greenwich, Conn.: 240

        Who Benefits?
        The members of Congress who received the greatest portion of their funding from the 0.01 percent, in order, were:
        1. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
        2. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas)
        3. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
        4. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)
        5. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
        6. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) *****************Why is he so highly sought after by the uber-rich?
        7. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.)
        8. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)
        9. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.)
        10. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

      • East Valley Conservative says:

        This might be “old information” to some, but it’s new to me! I very much appreciate this list and wonder about Jeff the Flake’s position on this list. I haven’t trusted him since long before he was in congress. I trust him far less now that he’s in the US Senate. I hope there are outreaches being made to those who might successfully challenge him. Flake is a dangerous, unprincipled, walking ego, with even greater ambitions than the US Senate, if you get my drift. He’s got to be stopped with a viable challenge. Be aware the Arizona Republican Chairman Robert Graham is very much in the Flakey camp. This will be a double edged political war.

  2. Dennis O'Brien says:

    The general election should be interesting. John McCain received 190,095 votes in the Republican Primary on Tuesday. Ann Kirkpatrick had 169,006 in the Dem primary. Wait until the Independents and crossover Republicans are factored in. I predict a squeaker at least but most likely, an upset. McCain could well be sqashed like a bug.

    • Braveheart says:

      Let’s not only hope so…let’s work to see it happen! We get nothing but liberalism from McCain and Flake. If we’re going to get screwed over, it hurts less from a Democrat since it’s expected. McCain is a fraudulent Republican. He uses the Republican brand to get elected, but then votes and pushes liberal programs just like the Dems he colludes with. NOTHING would make me vote for him again.

      • Mike says:

        Amen, Braveheart! I feel exactly the same way, and I hope LEGIONS do likewise. I am going to be exactly as “Republican” as Juan – AND VOTE FOR KIRKPATRICK. Juan has been an arrogant, pompous, disrespectful, full-of-himself warmongering SOB – and it is way past time that he finally get the long-overdue landslide upset comeuppance he has so richly deserved for many, many years. DUMP DUMP DUMP, DUMP DUMP McCain! (To the tune of Bomb-Bomb-Iran!)