Keep your eye on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office

It was obvious there’d be more to the story when it was announced that newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes’ chief of staff Mike Schiller resigned his job after fewer than four months on the job.

The reason?  It’s that reliable “family” fallback again. Schilller who has commuted back and forth from Ohio for years as a “business consultant,” suddenly found the status quo unacceptable, saying the new job kept him from spending time with his wife — causing him to “unexpectedly“ resign. He made sure to announce there was “no animus” between him and Fontes.

Why now?

The answer comes in the form of Matt Morales, appointed the new chief of staff. 

Following the retirement of longtime Elections Director Karen Osborne, Fontes supposedly conducted a nationwide search for a replacement, rather than promoting from within the office that functions in tandem with the Recorder’s Office.

Under the decades long leadership of Republican County Recorder, Helen Purcell, the Elections Director was Democrat Karen Osborne. They worked hand-in-glove, doing their jobs without interjecting a partisan agenda.

That won’t be the case going forward.

Fontes, who intends do away with polling places, has appointed a chief of staff who leaves no doubt as to trend the office is taking, Although Matt Morales ran as a Republican 2016 state House Primary candidate in Legislative District 28, he had no viable footprint in the district and his website lacked an issues page or any information about him, only a vague and rambling statement of his love of Arizona. Morales’ financial contributors were McCain cronies, including beer heiress Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley & Co. honchos and lobbyists. He lost.

Now Matt Morales is the new chief of staff at the Recorder’s Office, the office relied upon for overseeing the integrity of the voting system in Maricopa County.

8 Responses to Keep your eye on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office

  1. Realist says:

    Even in a county as large as Maricopa, there aren’t enough eyes to watch over the garbage emanating from the awful offal that is the agency that controls our election process,

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    The McStain spreads.

    A contagion worse than the current measles outbreak in the Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., which has now spread throughout all areas of Minneapolis.

    Worse than the newly named super-fungus, Candida Auris, never before seen in the U.S. It has now claimed the lives of many on the East Coast, targeting the frail elderly and hospitalized persons.
    Of course, it has been traced to its place of origin, Columbia, South America where most medical personnel carry the fungus on their skin, but are asymptomatic.

    Meanwhile, speaking of things that have recently been put under a microscope,

    JANET NAPOLITANO (looking more manly than ever):

    • Realist says:

      Yep, this guy using the name Janet is a sneaky wretch known all too well to Arizonans who had to deal with her as Attorney General, US Attorney and Governor before she went off to DC with Barack Obama who appointed her head of Homeland INSECURITY. Californians deserve what they got with this duplicitous dyke. She’s the counterpart to the effeminate lib Gov. Jerry Brown.

  3. PC and State Committeeman says:

    For many in CD 9 you may remember back when Matt Morales was elected MAL and we never heard from him again. I guess he was working for the Dems all along tho most of us knew he was not an authentic Republican but a Democrap lite formerly known as RINOs. CD9 still is represented by similar types when a few practically unknowns became the MALs. So we will again suffer the consequences of voting for these types who then join their fellow Dems to give us the shaft, BOHICA!

  4. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    I’d bet the farm that Mike Schilller was pushed out by Team McCainiacs, who wanted one of their own and very conveniently found that person in Matt Morales.

  5. Election Geek says:

    Looks like you missed the fact that he appointed Rey Valenzuela to Elections director, who worked in the County Elections Department for 26 years.

    Click to access Maricopa%20County%20Recorder%20Press%20Release%2010.pdf

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      If you’re an “elections geek,” with any part in the process, I fear for the veracity of the vote count. Is there a mandate that only those with Hispanic surnames are hired by County Recorder Fontes? Must everyone be a Democrat? Helen Purcell and Karen Osborne were from opposing parties, respected one another, and worked well together.

    • PC and State Committeeman says:

      Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes replaces chief of staff
      Rebekah L. Sanders , The Republic | 5:02 p.m. MT April 26, 2017
      Matt Morales
      Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes announced Wednesday he will appoint an internal replacement for his chief of staff, who resigned unexpectedly. Fontes will promote Matt Morales to deputy recorder, reporting to Chief Deputy Recorder Keely Varvel.

      Morales, a former Republican state legislative candidate, had been in charge of intergovernmental relations. Now, with the Legislature winding down its session, Morales will take on the additional duties of overseeing the office’s community-relations team, human resources, communications, information technology and budgeting.

      Fontes’ former chief of staff, Mike Schiller, resigned last week because the job was straining the time with his family, including his wife, who lives in Ohio.

      Fontes, a Democrat, has remade the office’s leadership team since taking office in January. Most hires have been external, though he recently promoted Rey Valenzuela to elections director.

      Morales spent time at the Legislature this year lobbying for bills, including one that appeared to target the power of Fontes’ office.