Former State GOP chairman Robert Graham, a slickster extraordinaire, is back in the news
National File, a conservative news site, carries a report tiled, Former Arizona GOP Chair Scammed $400K from Elderly Mass. Woman, Left Party Finances a “Mess.” To call the report “informative” would be an understatement.
This damning sentence should whet reader’s appetites for the full report which includes Robert Graham, the former Arizona GOP chair attacked Trump supporter Dr. Kelli Ward, a family practice physician and two-term state senator. The state party also faced FEC scrutiny from his time as chair.
Kelli Ward was successfully re-elected as the chair of the Arizona GOP Jan. 23, 2021, defeating Sergio Arellano. Yet despite Arellano joining Ward on stage following his defeat and calling for party unity, the loser then proceeded to demand a recount of the vote, unsubstantially claiming that there were “errors” in the voting process. National File previously revealed Sergio Arellano’s checkered past.
Graham, a longtime McCain sycophant with delusions of grandeur, was even considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Flake in 2017, after polling showed Flake carried a paltry 18% approval rating in his home state. Graham decided against the race when he was unable to generate any enthusiasm after repeatedly standing in opposition to the conservative base. His anointed AZ GOP chair successor was roofing contractor Jonathan Lines. The state party leadership post is a job Jonathan Lines was obviously ill-equipped to handle. He lives 200 miles away in Yuma, had 11 young children to parent at the time and was rarely in the Phoenix-based Republican headquarters office. Lines was clearly over his head as evidenced by the extraordinary GOP losses over which he presided.
For additional background on the duplicitous Graham read, “Graham fabricates reasons for not closing AZ primary,“ written in 2015.
The following year, well-respected former Maricopa County Chairman A. J. LaFaro advocated on behalf of censuring both Robert Graham and John McCain. Read “Ringside at AZ GOP: A.J. LaFaro takes on Robert Graham” and “John McCain: Unfavorite son censured by home state GOP.”
Knowledge is power.