Jonathan Lines new AZ GOP chair — more of the same

Syndicate reigns

In a continuation of the establishment control of the Arizona Republican Party, Jonathan Lines follows in the footsteps of Robert Graham and his mentors John McCain and Jeff Flake. Despite the aggressive hits against Jim O’Connor, Lines won by a slim margin, 596 votes to O’Connor’s 562.  Disappointingly, he also had the endorsement U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar and Trent Franks. Gosar warmly introduced Lines at the meeting., referring to him as “my friend.” It was obvious, there were behind the scenes actions requiring these gratuitous  endorsements.

Although the well qualified O’Connor was defeated, members of his team were victorious.  Gabby Saucedo Mercer was elected state GOP Secretary and Robert Lettieri was elected party Treasurer.

Noteworthy observations: 

The overarching reaction among state delegates to the barely concealed shenanigans, was “disgust.” That word got a workout at the overly long meeting.

Robert Graham’s reluctance to leave the chairman’s post and revert to obscurity was palpable. He’d been eyeing the RNC chairmanship position, but his reputation for fomenting divisiveness preceded him. Reince Priebus, the longest-serving RNC chairman is now the White House Chief of Staff for President Trump. Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of former GOP prudential candidate Mitt Romney, was selected for the post by Pres. Trump, and was officially elected Jan. 19 . She previously served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, shepherding Donald Trump’s victory in Michigan — the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since 1988.

Gov. Doug Ducey who never came to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s aid as he was being savaged by the media, was effusive with praise for the former lawman. After thanking Robert Graham for his party leadership, a notion that would be disputed by many in attendance, Ducey rhapsodized over watching our new President and First Lady’s inauguration night dance to the Frank Sinatra song, “My Way.”  Then he tied it to Arpaio by saying, “But there’s another person who has danced to “My Way” long before — Sheriff Joe Arpaio!” The governor called Sheriff Arpaio “a cop’s cop,” and said, “Arizona is a better and safer state to live in because of Joe Arpaio.” It would have been nice if he stepped forward with that warm endorsement before Election Day. We now have a George Soros-funded Democrat as Maricopa County Sheriff. 

Ducey, who will be running for a second term,  knows those reflections are a sure winner at a Republican meeting, where the popular, now former sheriff, always garnered the most applause and enthusiastic standing ovations, regardless of who else was in attendance.

If you were not an elected state delegate, don’t berate yourself. You didn’t miss much. Your day could have been put to better use cleaning leaves out of your rain gutters.

25 Responses to Jonathan Lines new AZ GOP chair — more of the same

  1. LD 23 PC says:

    There were concerted efforts underway to keep Jim O’Connor from winning. Mailings against him were compounded by two smear letters that were found at the meeting tucked into unmarked envelopes. They repeated lies that the Republicrat establishment tried to embed between the ears of delegates. Jim O’Connor has been an effective District Chairman of LD 23.

    Frank Thorwald, the spoiler in what had been a three person race, withdrew his candidacy just days before the election. He repeatedly talked of his respect for Jim O’Connor, but when push came to shove, he withheld his endorsement, effectively helping Lines.

  2. State Delegate says:

    Once O’Connor began addressing the lies during his allotted speaking time, it was clear he was dead meat. That was poor strategy, playing into the hands of his adversaries. Acknowledging negatives being about yourself is not a good plan.

  3. William Heuisler says:

    Will someone please answer my question:
    Did Jim O’Connor help the Primary candidacy of Alex Meluskey or not? If he did, the irony of Mr. Thorwald’s performance is obvious.
    If Jim O’Connor was not a presence in the Meluskey-McCain charade he should have said he was not. The opinion of this Pima County outlier is that many of the delegates thought O’Connor helped Stalking Horse Meluskey deliver the Primary to McCain.
    I certainly take no pleasure in any of this, but I find the Meluskeys of our world (and their enablers) to be beneath contempt.

    • azgary says:

      “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.

      • William Heuisler says:

        azgary, “endorse” is not the same as appear with at events, or on mailings, or as an oft-mentioned supporter or in one of our most read “blogs”, or in so-called “law suits” to cover up the Meluskey Chairman’s criminal misappropriation of money at a Scottsdale Resort.
        Ask Vera Anderson about all this.
        Using the name of a well-respected Republican in, with or on your campaign implies his/her support.
        When Flake runs there will be Primary candidates whose purpose is to dilute meaningful opposition. We will not survive as a Red state if we continue this “wink and nod” attitude toward our candidates. We were “Had” by Meluskey and all the so-called Republicans who gave such an obvious, well-funded Stalking Horse, newcomer aid and comfort and sufferance.
        Do we give a damn or not?

      • Arizona Conservative Guy says:

        It’s my understanding Jim O’Connor hosted an event at his home to introduce phony GOP poser Alex Meluskey who split the vote for Dr. Kelli Ward and aided the reelection of John McCain. There was also the little creep, egotist Claire Van Steenwyck (“Van the Radio Man”) who cares more about himself than electing conservatives.

        Conservatives needed a much better candidate than this McCain enabler. O’Connor wasn’t that person, which is why we ended up with the Flake supporting Jonathan Lines. No wonder delegates at Saturday’s meeting were “disgusted.” I was there and felt the same revulsion. It was a choice between “worse and worser!” I voted for O’Connor but did so holding my nose.

  4. Doc says:

    …just great…

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    God gave Arizona the Grand Canyon; the Painted Desert; the Petrified Forest; various mountain ranges; the Colorado River, and the Sonoran Desert.

    McCain and his minions from both sides of the aisle gave us a swamp.

    • Kimball says:

      Yesterday’s election was part and parcel of putting the powerful structure together for Flake’s reelection. The LDS brigade was out in full force, which explains Jonathan Lines rise from a little known Yuma politico. He, his wife and their 11 kids will be the poster family for Mormon wholesomeness. Robert Graham, Chad Heywood, Sean Noble, Kirk Adams are the influential LDS building blocks to ensure Flake’s reelection. It will be a sight to behold. As a former member of the LDS Church, I know from personal experience how it works.

      From Wikipedia: (
      Heywood began his career in politics in 2007 as a Congressional staffer and Director of Outreach for Arizona Representative Jeff Flake (now, a U.S. Senator). After leaving Representative Flake’s office, Heywood worked for a political consulting firm, DC London Inc., from 2011 to 2013. During his time at DC London Inc., from 2011 to 2012, Heywood became the campaign manager for the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Kirk Adams who was running for Congress.
      Following his role on the Adams campaign, Heywood was hired by the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham, to be the Party’s Executive Director.[3]
      Heywood has managed and consulted on numerous federal, state, local, and issue campaigns, as well as serving as an elected grassroots chairman in the Republican Party. His campaign experience includes Arizona leaders such as Mesa Mayor’s Scott Smith, John Giles, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Senator Jeff Flake, and Speaker Kirk Adams.

      Remember how the LDS cabal worked to oust state Sen. Russell Pearce? Although a devout Mormon, he wasn’t liberal enough for the Church’s latest stance on giving sanctuary to illegals. Jeff Flake even recruited his immigration lawyer brother-in-law Kevin Gibbons to challenge Pearce. When that didn’t pan out they came after him with East Valley LDS leader Jerry Lewis, and LDS tycoon Bob Worsley. The desperation was so great, there were even despicable efforts to link Pearce to a white supremacist.

  6. Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

    Arizona is deliberately, systematically, being turned into a “Blue State” before our eyes, and we seem helpless to stop it . . .

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      Not helpless…just too lazy and too eager to remain uninformed. If this dynamic doesn’t change, McCain clone Jeff Flake will be reelected and we’ll have only ourselves to blame.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I agree 100%.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Sighs won’t get the job done. azgary. We need to double down recruiting conservatives as precinct committeemen filling every vacancy and stop sugar coating the harsh realities about the double crossing McCainiacs in the state legislature and beyond. This is a civil war and we must win or Arizona goes blue. Jeff Flake strived to help his far left U.S. Rep friend Luis Gutierrez do just that when they served together in the House.

      In this column by Gutierrez titled The Numbers Are On Our Side, read the 4th paragraph from the bottom where Jeff Flake was specifically congratulated for helping “to turn more red states blue.” This is serious business!!!!

  7. MacBeth says:

    Check out the Arizona Daily Independent’s Sunday cartoon, “McCain Gets A New Dummy.” It shows Robert Graham lying in the dummy traveling case and McCain now acting as the ventriloquist for Jonathan Lines.

  8. Saguaro Sam says:

    Take a look:

    Petition posted to deport John McCain and Lindsey Graham

  9. jakesez says:

    One of the biggest disappointments of the convention was the endorsement of Lines by Representative Gosar. Here was a man who stood against the establishment and held the line for conservative thought. Here was a man I was supporting for a run against Flake. Here was a man whom I did not support in the beginning but became an ardent supporter because of his actions. Seeing him on the stage supporting Lines was dumbfounding. I personally asked him why he did that. He stated that Line had done him a favor in Yuma and he felt he needed to return the favor. So he sold out the conservative wing on a favor payback. Disgusting.

  10. Madra Bernard says:

    Corrupt Politics……We will become a blue state if we elect Flake to office again in 2018. Kelli Ward needs us to get behind her campaign to become our next Senator.

  11. The Remnant American says:

    In order to defeat Senator Jeff Flake, we need to get behind someone like State Treasurer Jeff DeWit who Trump will endorse and stand behind financially and who is a true conservative or a Rep. Paul Gosar who can attract funding from conservative groups that are fed up with Senator Flake. Kelli Ward could then run for Gosar’s seat. Kelli Ward needs to realize that she doesn’t have the gravitas or ability to attract funding to beat Jeff Flake. If she steps aside and allows Jeff DeWit to run no one else will get in the race and we have a good shot. If she does not do what is best for the country and our state and pursues her egotistical goals and tells people like Jeff DeWit that she will not get out in spite of him then she is not doing a service to our great state. She will lose, Jeff Flake will lose to Kirstin Sinema who is primed to run for the democrats in 2018. If Kelli takes time off and does the right thing then she will have an easy shot for a house seat or bright political future as we will all get behind her. She needs to take her and her husbands egos out of the equation so we can win and she can be a hero.

    Just saying!