National publicity is the mother’s milk of those seeking to make an impact. And what is more important in the political realm than energizing the base as they gear up for the next election cycle? Dirty laundry, it is said, should be aired in private. But when it is downright filthy, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Gateway Pundit, a nationally well-respected conservative site provides that sunlight as it exposes the internecine chaos via a shocking, leaked, Arizona Republican Party internal memo which raises serious concerns about unethical use of party resources and systematic failures that Deputy Communications Director Robert Maxwell fears will lead to a loss in 2020. The two-page memo to Executive Director Kyle Pierce can be read here.
Which brings us to the Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Elected state committeemen will, in turn, elect party officers and vote on resolutions. The magnitude of these events cannot be overstated as we approach the all important 2020 election cycle.
But all is not copacetic as the meeting date approaches. Current AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines, who oversaw unparalleled Republican losses in November, is shamelessly running for reelection. Two other lesser known men have been campaigning. All of them are linked to the establishment syndicate, with longtime ties to John McCain — and now, his surrogates. Lines was put in place by former chairman, Robert Graham, a slickster still pulling Lines’ strings. Lines lives nearly 200 miles away in Yuma, runs a roofing business, parents his 11 children and seldom shows up at the once vibrant Republican headquarters. The phones are rarely answered and messages are returned with the same infrequency. Pressure to exit has been applied to candidate Frank Thorwald who works with Graham. He is now dutifully falling in line with Lines.
As pointed out in this post-election report, the red state of Arizona is now veering purple, having lost a U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State — next in line of ascendancy to the governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and one of the two seats on the utility rate-setting Corporation Commission. Greg Stanton, the leftist former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.
Republicans Paul Gosar (CD-4), Andy Biggs (CD-5), David Schweikert (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko (CD-8) are currently the minority in the delegation.
Fortunately, there is an outstanding choice to lead the Arizona Republican Party. Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician and constitutional conservative who served two terms in the state senate. She’s rock solid, has no puppet master and needs no learning curve. Arizona’s political future depends on getting this right.