Will Proxy Holders Win Again, by Sheer force of Numbers at the coming Annual AZGOP meeting in Phoenix?
GUEST BLOG BY RUSSELL SIAS If the AZGOP represents you, answer this question: Are you pleased with the leadership, policies and actions of the elected officers of the AZGOP, today? Have you ever been? I am not pleased, and I know that to remain silent is to endorse what is going on.
In my view, the AZGOP bylaws should uphold and promote the Republican platform AND give precinct committeemen, state committeemen, AND voters a feeling of trust in the integrity of the state party.
Unfortunately, that is not happening. Widespread outrage among the state committee, over apparent irregularities in money handling, the vote for the chairmanship,and others, caused an effort to remove AZGOP Chairman Lines, in the summer of 2017. It almost succeeded. It's failure was caused by something that Jim Ehl has been talking about for many years--apathy among the membership!
On Saturday, 1/6/2018 the AZGOP Resolution Committee meeting was completely disgusting, All but 3 of 20 reso- lutions were rejected, thus will not even be presented for a vote to the State committee, at its annual Mandatory meeting, January 27, 2018. The resolutions committee meeting lasted 2 hours. The first 30 minutes was a discussion on the merits or demerits of honest integrity and trust inducing elections. Three paper ballot election resolutions were rejected with only 2 yes votes out of 18. Reasons - Paper ballots take too long to count. That ignored my point about the Cochise county new system of voters using a touch screen PC to vote and then print a paper ballot to insert into the tally machine. Other points were dismissed as the elites and McCainites' desires were in conflict with them. The four resolutions that would limit proxy votes also were rejected, with only 2 votes to accept. The best idea presented would remove anyone guilty of proxy abuse from the party. Oh, but the Lines-appointed Chair of the bylaws committee doesn't like the word abuse - too negative.
Or maybe it is the fact the biggest proxy abuser has been Matthew Kenney, the current AZGOP executive director, hired by Lines, a hiring Kenny told AZGOP Secretary Gabby Mercer was insisted upon by the donors who provide the major funding for the state party--the donors who have more control over what the state party does than anyone who is actually IN the state party.
I was not surprised by the proxy resolutions defeat, as the bylaw committee chair also sits on the resolutions committee.
The future of the state AZGOP depends entirely on what happens at the January 27th annual meeting. Will there be enough people present who are fed up with the status quo and willing to vote against it? Or will the proxy holders win again, by sheer force of superior numbers?