AZ moves right: Kelli Ward wins GOP state chair

Propelled by a massive show of support at Arizona’s Republican statutory day-long Saturday meeting, Dr. Kelli Ward, a Trump-supporting conservative easily secured the party’s top leadership post.

Ward, a physician and former two-term state senator, addressed the jubilant crowd following the announcement of the vote totals. Having traveled the state as a U.S. Senate candidate, she secured a loyal following, trouncing incumbent chairman Jonathan Lines by over a hundred votes cast by elected state committeemen.  Doyel Shamley, unknown outside of Navajo County also entered the race, receiving only 65 votes.

incumbent chairman Lines running for reelection had an uphill battle after presiding over numerous losses of previously held Republican elected offices in the November 2018 election.

Following the vote, a petulant Lines abruptly left the meeting of 1,236 assembled state committeemen who traveled from every statewide county. He reportedly had to be cajoled into returning via a phone call exchange with the previous chairman Robert Graham.

Congressmen Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert addressed the crowd, as did Congresswoman Debbie Lesko who spoke from D.C. on a video hookup. Newly appointed U.S. Senator Martha McSally, grossly misjudged the crowd as she spoke warmly of the “leadership of Jonathan Lines.”

Gov. Doug Ducey, who also spoke in support of Lines, summed up the feelings of many attendees, with this understatement, “Like you, I was disappointed that we fell short in some of the races.”

Yep.

23 Responses to AZ moves right: Kelli Ward wins GOP state chair

  1. Mike says:

    Wow – there are actually still some Republicans with brains left in Arizona! What with all the RINO re-elections over the past few years I was beginning to have serious doubts.

  2. Michael Schmitz says:

    U.S. Senator Martha McSally and Gov. Doug Ducey are out of touch with today’s Republicans now that we have been freed from the McCain factor. May he rest in peace, and may we move forward.

  3. Trevor says:

    I was there during the vote the crowd was pumped up for Kelli, she’ll serve our great state well, and also look at Meghan McCain’s tweet it is hilarious!

  4. PC/SC says:

    When the motion was made to hold a roll call vote for Chairman rather than voting by cell phones, many in the room voiced that UNITY was at stake, and it appeared to be a thinly-veiled threat that if the assemblage failed to allow the “establishment” to count the votes, the AZGOP would splinter, and fall apart.

    Now that the roll-call vote was taken, and Ms Ward won, it is time for those who did not vote for her to “walk the walk” and make sure that the “unity” they clamored about comes to pass.

    We WILL be watching!!

    • Ellsworth says:

      It was clear to me and other state committeemen I spoke with today that the reason behind the “clamor” for a roll call vote was extreme distrust of the establishment’s fingers in the election pie.

      We’ve had enough of the McCain/Kyl/Flake shenanigans. They are all history and we supported a roll call vote so that integrity would prevail over slippery antics. The old saying that “power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is as true as it’s ever been.

      One anti-roll call speaker took his turn at the microphone and attempted to frighten the delegates by saying it would take “10 or 12 hours” to count the votes. If the votes were counted in the individual districts, it would have taken minutes. He also railed about the need for a “secret vote.” Congress doesn’t vote in secret and neither does anyone wearing a lapel pin sporting a candidates name or driving a car with a political bumper sticker, Most of us are proud of the candidates and issues we support,

  5. George Moriarty says:

    Congratulations to Kelli Ward. Now is the time for all Republicans, all factions, all persuasions to see this as a chance to unify and focus on our real opponents–the Democrats. To that end, I hope all of us will stop hurling expletives and casting aspersions (yes, RINO is definitely an aspersion) at each other and join forces. If we don’t, 2020 will likely be a repeat of 2018, and 2022 will be a bloodbath for Republicans. United we . . . ; divided we . . . ! Let’s take advantage of this opportunity and get it right.

    • State Committeeman says:

      Yes, we do need to come together, but we also need to realize that we have enemies among us. It’s far worse being undermined by a fellow Republican than a Democrat. The word RINO serves a very real purpose in identifying a traitorous backstabber.

  6. LD 23 PC says:

    There was jubilation in the air as roll call proponents won their quest to have the votes actually counted instead of having a cell phone voting procedure that many of us distrust.The newly elected Republican Maricopa County chair Rae Chornenky lost a lot of support as she tried to declare the roll call procedure invalid prior to the vote. She showed herself as part of the establishment from who’s grasp we are trying to rid ourselves.

  7. East Valley Conservative says:

    By virtue of his devious mailer sent out from Republican headquarters to voters in LD 28, Jonathan Lines was also responsible for the Democrat successes in taking both House seats in the district. He tried to manipulate the vote in favor of bomb throwing Kathy Petsas by omitting conservative incumbent Maria Syms from the targeted mailing. The problem with Jonathan Lines is his toadying to Robert Graham, and being a clone of the McCain cabal. Apparently Lines didn’t get the message that McCain is buried and turncoat Flake is out. Though I fully expect Flake to be a continual thorn in the side of the Republican Party, we won’t be paying his salary to undercut us. One of the leftwing networks will.

  8. State Delegate says:

    With the election of Dr. Kelli Ward, we finally have a supporter of President Trump leading our state GOP. She is committed to re-building a successful party, will work well with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and supports building a border wall. It was a pleasure to cast my vote for this enthusiastic conservative leader.

  9. Patriot Mom says:

    Finally….We have a new, conservative AZ GOP state chairman…. actively engaged from DAY ONE!!! I went to the state party website to see if McCain’s picture was still there under elected officials. At long last, it’s gone!! He died August 2018, but it’s worshipfully been there on the website like Chairman Mao.
    https://twitter.com/kelliwardaz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3AAZGOP&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.az.gop%2F

  10. PC and State Committeeman says:

    Yes victory over the establishment is to be savored, however, be aware, ‘they’ (establishment) are sharpening their sword and arrow tips to attack us just as the Dims did when they lost to the Donald. They will go on against us with even more veracity, we must never let down our guard.
    Our win with the roll call vote was a show of what we can do procedural wise and must continue to do to change their illegal rules.

    Dr. Ward will have to address the bylaws to be more in line with proper procedure and the statutes and as it was stated that we can expect full transparency and support. That we can also expect our voices to be heard and true representation for the PCs who voted out the corrupt establishment to bring in a true representation of the PCs.
    This was an exact replica of the 2016 election and like the Dims the Republicraps are just as bad at sore losing as their counterpart. Let the sunshine in and disinfect the treacherous germ warfare we have endured! We still have a long way to go.
    As for the ‘unity’ does anyone believe that the McSlime cabal will ever be working with us is? Never!! Stay vigilant patriots, stay strong and never let your guard down.

    • Observer says:

      I’m so grateful that Dr. Kelli Ward put herself “out there” again after the treatment she was given by the McEstablishment clones. She has exactly the spirit and intelligence we need to move forward and reclaim our Republican Party from the clutches of the Republicrats.

      I’m delighted that we elected an actual, unapologetic supporter of President Trump. From the loud cheers and lengthy applause after the vote was announced, it’s reassuring to see conservatives are in the majority despite the establishment’s efforts to take us out in the primary precinct committeeman elections.

      I voted for Rae Chornenky to replace Chris Herring as Maricopa County GOP chair. After her over-the-top assertions regarding the roll call vote within short order after we voted for it yesterday, I’m beginning to think my vote for her was a mistake. I intend to closely watch her future interpretations of what constitutes a majority. She was way out of line at the state meeting. Her elitist efforts to unilaterally dismantle our vote was beyond disappointing.

  11. Observer says:

    I’m so grateful that Dr. Kelli Ward put herself “out there” again after the treatment she was given by the McEstablishment clones. She has exactly the spirit and intelligence we need to move forward and reclaim our Republican Party from the clutches of the Republicrats.

    I’m delighted that we elected an actual, unapologetic supporter of President Trump. From the loud cheers and lengthy applause after the vote was announced, it’s reassuring to see conservatives are in the majority despite the establishment’s efforts to take us out in the primary precinct committeeman elections.

    I voted for Rae Chornenky to replace Chris Herring as Maricopa County GOP chair. After her over-the-top assertions regarding the roll call vote within short order after we voted for it yesterday, I’m beginning to think my vote for her was a mistake. I intend to closely watch her future interpretations of what constitutes a majority. She was way out of line at the state meeting. Her elitist efforts to unilaterally dismantle our vote was beyond disappointing.

  12. Ellsworth says:

    Brietbart reports that Meghan McCain “hates” America without her father’s leadership.

    As an Arizona native who saw all I could stand from John McCain, I am relieved that his tainted influence is out of our Republican Party. McCain and Flake both stated that neither they nor their families would vote for Donald J. Trump for President. They continually worked against conservatives and they, along with Jon Kyl, all supported amnesty for America’s illegal invaders.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/26/meghan-mccain-i-hate-america-without-my-fathers-leadership/

    • Anthem Al says:

      In 2009, Meghan McCain re-registered as a Republican as Father’s Day surprise for her father…who was then running as a Republican for President of the United States. In a great show that received media coverage, her mother Cindy accompanied Meghan to the Secretary of State’s office to get mileage out of this move. Registration is easily accomplished in any neighborhood library, MVD office or myriad other sites much closer to home. They traveled downtown to make book on this, which should have been embarrassing.

      How many mothers take their adult children to get registered to vote where the cameras and reporters are already waiting for them? These people are trash, regardless of their SS millions in beer money.

      Seeing Red AZ was on top of this foolishness even back then. I found this with just a couple of searches. My memory is keen!
      https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/give-it-a-rest-meghan/

  13. jojo says:

    I loved the meeting yesterday.. It’s great to finally have 1 win under our belt. I think every Republican out there should send $10.00 to the AZGOP (when Kelli gets in control) so we’ll win, win, & win again with her enthusiasm and trustworthiness. Open the books & put it all on line – where everything is spent. Continue voting like we did yesterday so WE knew who won before it was announced and they couldn’t cheat. YIPPEE! I LOVE WINNING!

    • CD 8 PC says:

      I’ve been basking in the glow of Saturday’s election all day. You’re correct. Winning can’t be beat. It is, of course, enhanced when the Republicrats are constrained and are unable to finagle the election.

      Jonathan Lines and his minions were obviously stunned by the overwhelming demands of the state committeemen to have a roll call vote. As the establishment cronies took to the microphones to explain their support of the cell phone voting scheme they’ve put in place, they faltered and danced around the calls for a straightforward vote, citing privacy (we had that in our roll call vote which was done by district not individuals calling out their votes). One crony actually said we’d be there for over ten hours taking the vote, which was beyond absurd, It was quick and transparent. The best part was there was no room for manipulation of the vote. I have no doubt Kelli Ward never would have won if the establishment had its way with the voting process.

    • PC and State Committeeman says:

      LOL tacky for sure but it still beats the pink tutu and she should fit right in with all the gays, perverts, traitors and crooks and maybe the two AZ senators will get to be roomies, gals with the same perspective and all who have so much in common especially the disfavor of all the folks back home. Pilot and the tramp almost sounds like a movie tittle.

    • Casper says:

      This is a far cry from the demure image Sinema portrayed as a senatorial candidate. With the election behind her, she can now look like the tramp she is, as she shows no respect for the U.S.Senate to which the moronic dems elected her.