It’s time to take back the AZ Republican Party & UPDATE


Jan. 26, 2017

At the eleventh hour and without throwing his support to Jim O’Connor who he campaigned alongside, Frank Thorwald has withdrawn from the three-man race for Arizona Republican Party chairman.

Thorwald was widely considered a spoiler helping McCain supporter Jonathan Lines defeat the true conservative, Jim O’Connor. Actions speak louder than words.


Don’t be deceived: Vote conservative Jim O’Connor for AZ GOP chairman

Politics is an intriguing business. It has the ability to lure or repel. Whether as elected officials or  grassroots activists, it holds many of us captive  — some for decades.

Those who began as newly recruited precinct committeemen continued to run for the office and some as state committeemen. The reward for serving in the unpaid posts and donating countless hours /years of labor intensive work is helping to elect those who shared their core beliefs to public office.

As bizarre as it appears, Arizona’s U.S. Senators have often ignited turf wars at the precinct (neighborhood) level aimed at ousting hardworking conservatives from their posts. Unprincipled John McCain and his surrogates have honed this traitorous activity to a razor sharp edge, even colluding with a San Francisco based Obama donor.  For his continual conspiring with Democrats against his own party, John McCain was censured by Republican State Committeemen in 2014.

Jon Kyl engaged in these underhanded tactics in 2012. Jeff Flake undermined Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, by refusing to endorse him and arrogantly showing up wherever a camera and mic might be to catch his betrayal.

Worthy of note are the shenanigans nearly out-the-door McCain and Flake colluding State Chairman Robert Graham has engaged in. Graham oversaw the Jan. 2015 meeting that stretched the sensibilities of state committeemen to the limits as he slipped the two senators in the rear stage door using a ruse to have them vacate the auditorium before the ballots were tabulated.  The duplicitous duo, who never attended state meetings,  were greeted with boos, turned backs and walk outs.

This coming Saturday Jan. 28, State Committeemen elected in their own legislative districts across Arizona, will assemble for the AZ GOP Statutory Meeting at the Church of the Nations, 6225 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Election of party officers will be front and center. Candidates for AZ GOP State Chairman are conservative Jim O’Connor, also-ran Frank Thorwald, and Jonathan Lines, the McCain /Flake ally being pushed by Robert Graham. Don’t be deceived.  The one to vote for is Jim O’Connor.

The Jan. 23 Republican Briefs provides even more background as well as Lines’ denials. It’s the top story. There’s more from Arizona Freedom Alliance, titled, “AZGOP Candidate Jonathan Lines from Those Who Know Him Best.”

In this video Tim Horn first Vice Chair of Legislative District 23, Jim O’Connor’s home district, exposes Robert Graham’s disenfranchisement scheme to rig the election for his chosen successor Jonathan Lines. This information is crucial. If you’re a state committeeman, you can’t be better informed in four short minutes. The video is well done and  the facts are clearly presented


12 Responses to It’s time to take back the AZ Republican Party & UPDATE

  1. William Heuisler says:

    Maricopa County politics are difficult to understand – particularly for a Conservative slowly suffocating in Liberal infested Baja Arizona.
    Did Jim O’Connor actively promote the Primary candidacy of Alex Meluskey (who apparently won over 21,000 early or mail-in votes even though he’d “withdrawn” his McCain financed candidacy, but was still on the Primary ballot).
    I hope I’m wrong. Please correct me.
    I’m sure O’Connor is a fine man…
    Would a Conservative help a well-funded, and obvious, McCain-Stalking-Horse in a Republican Primary Election for US Senate?
    McCain is already trying to impede our new Republican President and continues trying to damage our National and State Party.
    Why should we reward anyone who helped John McCain?

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      I don’t have the answer to this question.
      Former state Sen. Lori Klein and her husband former AZ AG Bob Corbin were inexplicably on board with McMeluskey, which thoroughly disgusted me. Shockingly those efforts which obviously helped McCain didn’t impede her effort to get elected as AZ National Committeewoman. Far too many of the rank and file simply aren’t paying attention to the damaging results of such actions.

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      PS I think you meant Arizona State politics, not Maricopa.

    • azgary says:

      Due To Reports Circulating the past couple of weeks, Briefs asked AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor: (1) Did you endorse Alex Meluskey over Kelli Ward in the Senate race? (2) Did you endorse Christine Jones over Andy Biggs? O’Connor ‘s response:

      Question 1: “In May, 2015 the precinct committeemen of LD 23 adopted new bylaws allowing for a vote by all PCs within the district to propose any candidate they choose to be placed on a printed ballot and to endorse Republican candidates PROVIDED they attain the very high threshold of 2/3rds of all those voting in person OR by Proxy.

      “My 5 member executive committee and I did NOT nominate one candidate. We left it entirely up to the PCs in our district. We were acting on the notion of giving the “power” to the PCs. Once the vote for or against each candidate was concluded, those receiving 2/3rds and greater earned the “endorsement” of the PCs of LD 23. It is very IMPORTANT to understand that neither the executive committee nor its Chairman could make this endorsement without the affirmative consent of 2/3rds of those PCs voting in person or by proxy.

      “So to be absolutely clear Jim O’Connor did not endorse Alex Meluskey, nor any other candidate, but as required our bylaws was permitted to speak on behalf of the 2/3rds majority of the district members in favor of one Republican candidate over another in the primary. The districts motivation to arm itself with “endorsement power” was a direct reaction to our Republican Governor Jan Brewer weighing in on the 2014 primary senate race in LD 23 via her “endorsement” of Jeff Schwartz over our favorite son candidate John Kavanagh. As a Republican committee, we have had to put up with primary endorsements from the teachers union, fire & police unions, SEIU operations, Chambers Of Commerce and others expressing their opinions through endorsements. It was our turn and we did it.

      Question 2: “Now for the rumor being spread largely within CD 5 accusing me of endorsing my friend Christine Jones over Andy Biggs in that primary contest. As Chairman of LD 23, entirely within the boundaries of CD 6, I was personally duty bound to refrain from endorsing ANY CANDIDATE in a Republican primary contest. That neutral position allowed me to fairly represent ALL Republican candidates after the primary through their respective general elections. I enjoy an excellent relationship with Congressman Biggs and remain most appreciative of his bold stand last year in opposition to the National Popular Vote Compact. I credit him for not allowing that horrific idea to see the light of day in last year’s State Senate under his Presidency. May I also mention that I did not approach Andy or any other elected official for endorsements in my run for the Chairman’s job at AZGOP because I do not believe it builds our party, but rather is further dividing it.”

    • Rob Haney says:

      I know strong anti-McCain PCs who supported the candidacy of either Meluskey or Ward. They referred to each others candidate as McCain enablers. I imagine I would be called one of the most outspoken anti-McCain people in the AZ. Yet, I made the biggest political blunder of my life when I endorsed Graham, the undercover McCain supporter, four years ago for state chair.

      I have known Jim O’Connor far longer than I have known Graham. Jim immediately knew what a phony Graham was and told me I was wrong to believe Graham. Unfortunately, I learned too late what Graham was all about. Graham’s conduct at his second state convention confirmed what Jim had told me.

      I have never know Jim to be less than a sincere, honest, and humble political practitioner. He absolutely believes in adhering to the Republican Platform which reflects the Constitution.

      My experience with Graham is that he is not truthful and cannot be trusted to follow the fair and ethical path. I wholeheartedly endorse Jim O’Connor over Graham’s and the Republican establishment’s own pick to succeed him.

      • William Heuisler says:

        Rob, is Jim O’Connor the same as Roderick John O’Connor III in Precinct 59 BRONCO in LD 23? If so, he is one of those on Meluskey’s printed “Voters’ Guide” with the Republican Banner that urged conservatives to “vote for all 14” on his list (thus unseating Conservative PCs Christine and Edward Toschik and replacing them with Roberta and Alex Meluskey). Meluskey stated he had permission from all PCs on his list to help his election to 59 PC.
        I have all the paperwork if you need it.
        If Jim is not Roderick John then just forget it.
        Best wishes, Bill

  2. azgary says:

    Im baffled how graham was reelected, but mccain always is too.

    the AZGOP’s complete brush off of mccains censure after so many of us worked to get it done was the last straw for this former PC.

    • Seen It All says:

      I was also appalled, disgusted and whatever other adjective fits. Republicans have marble sized memories. This last primary election cycle the McCain forces were out in force overfilling precincts with McCain supporting RINOs trying their damnedest to remove conservative precinct committeemen. They spent a lot of money on slick mailers that advised the “conservatives” to vote for. The problem was, none of them were the actual conservatives. The ones they were trying to remove were!

  3. East Valley Conservative says:

    I received an email from Jonathan Lines touting his endorsement by establishment Republicrat Bruce Ash. These words of Bruce Ash’s caught my attention since they seemed more derogatory than praiseworthy.

    “Jonathan Lines is a perfect successor to the success of Robert Graham.”

    What better reason NOT to vote for Lines?

    • azgary says:

      Bruce ash wrote/sponsored the gop amnesty platform plank, #3
      H/T mcrc briefs 9/5/13.

      Arizona National Republican Committeeman Bruce Ash Co-Sponsored six of the resolutions adopted at the Aug 16 RNC summer meeting. Ash co-sponsored resolutions 1,3,4,5,6, and 7 listed below. AZ National Committeewoman Sharon Geise and AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham, as well as Ash voted in favor of all seven resolutions (as a package) at the general session after they had been vetted and passed out of the standing committee on resolutions. Geise/Graham did not sponsor any resolutions at the Aug. mtg.
      o Resolutions Adopted During The 2013 Summer Meeting:
      1. Resolution Concerning the IRS Scandal
      2. Resolution Constituting America – The Return of Founding Principles
      3. Resolution in Support of Borders, Growth, Prosperity and Immigration Reform

      RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls upon the President and Congress to
      implement immigration reform during the 2013 session based upon a merit system that emphasizes the
      economic contribution of each working immigrant can add to our nation; and, be it further
      RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls upon the President and Congress to create a
      new class of work permit that allows illegal immigrants who were brought into our country as minor
      children, and who have not violated any other laws of the U.S. to come forward and register and be
      allowed to remain and work in the U. S.
      4. Resolution In Support of Media Objectivity and Accountability
      5. Resolution on Religious Freedom in the Military
      6. Resolution Protecting Coal
      7. Resolution to Defund Obamacare

  4. azgary says:

    uniparty is at it again.

    mcconnell/ryan will pass it with dems if they cam:

    GOP Senator’s ‘Immigration Overhaul’ Would Include Amnesty

    A new immigration reform plan by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) would include legalization and amnesty for the over 11 million living in the United States.
    Tillis’ “immigration overhaul,” as The Wall Street Journal dubbed it, would serve as a new kind of “Gang of Eight” legislation, promising amnesty to illegal immigrants, which could eventually lead to a pathway to citizenship.

    While Tillis’ legislation would increase “border security and toughen enforcement of immigration laws,” it would also grant amnesty, a type of immigration reform measure that Democrats have been demanding since the 1990s.