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GOP leader says McCain trying to ‘ethnically cleanse’ the party

Like most Republican lawmakers from the state, Arizona Sen. John McCain was dubious of the Iranian government’s promise to abide by the deal, and called it “highly unlikely” that Iran will have lessened its “support of terrorism” while the pact is in place. (Cronkite News Service photo by Brandon Brown)

Arizona Sen. John McCain (Cronkite News Service photo by Brandon Brown)

Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman A.J. LaFaro says U.S. Sen. John McCain and a political committee backed by moderate Republicans who support him are attempting to “ethnically cleanse” the party of conservative precinct committeemen.

LaFaro filed a complaint Sept. 19 with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Citizens Clean Elections Commission alleging a political group called the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC broke campaign finance laws by failing to register as a political committee in Arizona and disclose its spending. He said the group sent mailers and made automated phone calls to Republican voters to influence the voting in some precinct committeeman races.

Aj LaFaro

A.J. LaFaro

“John McCain and the RINOs… think that holding our elected officials accountable warrants this kind of ethnic cleansing (of the GOP),” LaFaro told the Arizona Capitol Times.

But the Secretary of State’s Office declined to investigate the complaint, writing that there is no requirement for the group to file as a political committee or detail its spending. That’s because, although precinct committeemen are selected on the primary election ballot, the selection of the position is explicitly exempted from the definition of “election” for the purposes of state campaign finance laws.

In theory, a group could spend millions to back precinct committeemen candidates across the state and never have to disclose the spending – or where the money came from.

LaFaro said he plans to appeal the secretary of state’s decision not to investigate.  He accused Arizona Grassroots Action PAC of “laundering… dark money” through various political committees.

But the group’s backers note that, although they are not required to disclose their spending in elections for PCs, they have registered with the Federal Elections Commission, and detailed the committee’s donors and spending there.

LaFaro’s complaint alleges the group conducted a series of independent expenditures in multiple legislative districts, including districts 23, 25, 28 and 29, and used mailers and automated phone calls to support its preferred slate of PCs.

The PCs the group supported are all moderate Republicans, and McCain supporters, LaFaro said.

Longtime Republican activist and donor Jane Lynch, who is a part of the committee, said LaFaro should know that the campaign finance laws don’t apply to PC races, since they are elected officials only within the party.

“In the definition of an election, which has been in statute for eons and most of us have known about for eons, it says what an election is and it exempts the election of a precinct committeeman,” she said.

Lynch said the committee, which she described as made up of more moderate, establishment Republicans, decided to intervene in the precinct committeeman races after both the Arizona and Maricopa County Republican parties censured McCain in January over his support for a comprehensive immigration reform and other bills “associated with liberal Democrats.”

A major function of precinct committeemen is electing party leaders in the county and state parties. Lynch said the group decided it was worth spending money in the PC races because the group’s founders objected to “certain actions taken by certain segment of the party.”

“Number One was when they censured (McCain)… This is the same segment of the party that claims (recalled Arizona Senate President) Russell Pearce as a friend,” she said.

LaFaro responded that “McCain should be ashamed of himself that he would be such a petty, vindictive individual, because the voters are holding him accountable.”

Lynch responded that the Republican Party should be welcoming to all types of Republicans.

“To say that we are ethnically cleansing the Republican Party is a rather extreme comment,” she said.

Messages left with McCain’s U.S. Senate office and Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham were not immediately returned.

4 comments

  1. Would you please delete my first comment and replace it with this. Thanks

    What ethnic group exactly has been “cleansed”? Enquiring minds want to know.

    Can I just say this guy is the dumbest Maricopa County Chair since Haney…and I didn’t honestly think it was possible to find someone dumber. But the tin foil hat crowd sure did with this guy.

  2. Juan McInsane is the most despicable politician that the state of Arizona has ever had. The Lefty migrants from California have been his backers for years. Our family voted for Bob Barr in 2008 because we couldn’t stomach giving McInsane our support. Hated Obama then, still do now, but Juan McInsane still has wet dreams about him and Ted “Killer” Kennedy getting together out on the other side of the Chappaquiddick bridge.

  3. AJ La Faro por calling kettle black. This is the guy who threatens PC of losing their voting rights within LD districts if they don’t fall lock step in line with ALL Republican candidates. What he is saying if a candidate has R next to their name you gotta work for them. ie Drug Cartel Member (R) Minister (D)
    MCRC Chairman A.J. LaFaro Regarding Republicans Endorsing Non-Republicans – I’ve been receiving phone calls, v-mails and e-mails complaining about people and groups of people who say they are Republicans but are endorsing Non-Republican candidates. Some examples are “GOP for Fred”, “Republicans for Barber”, “GOP For Felecia”, yard signs, blog postings, websites, campaign contributions.
    o http://blogforarizona.net/gop-for-fred-launches/
    o http://ronbarberforcongress.com/news/more-than-100-southern-arizona-republicans-endorse-ron-barber-republican-leaders-stand-with-ron-at-kick-off-of-southern-arizona-values-tour/
    o https://www.feleciaforarizona.com/gop-felecia
    It’s bad enough these people endorse RINOs for elected office, but then turn around and endorse Democrats, Independents and Libertarians over some of our Republican nominees. I’m as outraged at these so-called Republicans as you are. We are in the process of trying to identify any Republican PCs who are endorsing and supporting Non-Republicans, and will be removing their voting rights and censuring them in accordance to the 2014 MCRC Bylaws. These individuals will not be eligible to vote in any LD, MCRC or AZGOP election. MCRC_ByLaws – Section 5 – Elections — B. Endorsements of Non-Republican Candidates
    o No member of the MCRC shall lend an endorsement to a non-Republican candidate in any election that has a Republican candidate on the ballot.
    o Should a MCRC member endorse a non-Republican, that MCRC member will lose his voting privileges, including proxies, for the rest of his term, provided:
    o The member was provided written notice mailed via certified US mail to the member’s last known address,
    o The members was provided an opportunity to defend himself at the next EGC meeting but not less than 10 days after notification,
    o The EGC by majority vote removed the member’s voting rights.
    Please forward the names of any individuals who are Republican PCs but are endorsing Non-Republican candidates and the evidence to aj_ml@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

  4. Jeb Bush talks about his foreign bride

    On Tuesday presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke about the first meeting between himself and his future foreign bride, Columba. ” It was love at first sight. I spoke little Spanish and she spoke little English, but when you are in love you can overcome those barriers pretty quick. There’s another language that matters the most.”

    John Ellis “Jeb” Bush is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

    Bush met his wife while in Leon, Mexico helping to build homes. León is a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. They married a few years later in Austin, Texas, and now live in Coral Gables, Florida.

    Is there a difference between Jeb Bush’s Foreign Bride and so called Mail Order Brides? Feminists and women rights groups have argued for years that men who travel across boarders for love take advantage of women that come from lower economic regions. In 2005 the Tahirih Justice Center and Senator Cantwell pushed legislation regulating foreign brides, stating that men take unfair advantage of women in foreign counties. The law (IMBRA ) requires marriage brokers to run background checks on all men that seek a foreign bride. Bush’s wife was underage at the time they met and came from one of the poorest areas of central America. Did Jeb Bush then take advantage of his future wife Columba? After all she came from poverty and Jeb Bush came from a powerful, wealthy family.

    Kenneth Agee, Marketing Director of A Foreign Affair, a company that specializes in foreign bride match-making says, “Absolutely not! In our society and most societies women are always looking to find a better way of life. It is instinctual for females to find the best possible suitor for having a family, just like it is instinctual for men to be attracted to certain physical aspects of women. How would marrying into wealth make you a victim? The notion that men have economic control of women, at best, would not last long after marriage. It is equally invalid to say women have a control over men because of their beauty. The truth is, a negative situation can happen no matter where you meet and has more to do with character than economics or location. Personally, my wife is from Russia, is very strong-willed, and would never let herself become a victim. I find this to be true of most foreign women. I’m sure Jeb Bush would agree. Contrary to the opinion of Terra Justice Center, an INS study showed there were fewer issues with cross-border marriages than domestic marriages. In fact they have a much higher success rate”

    And Jeb Bush is not the only candidate with a foreign-born wife. Candidate Donald Trump is also currently married to Melania Trump, a former model from Slovenia. Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, is from the Czech Republic.

    Marrying foreign women is becoming a trend for the elite. FOX News CEO Rupert Murdoch is married to Wendi Deng Murdoch from Jinan, China, with a 38 year age difference.

    Yet feminists continue to argue that men seek foreign brides only because they lack the necessary social skills to find someone in the US. This is clearly not the case, as these successful men do not lack socials skills.

    Society has changed greatly over the years and love has no borders. Looking worldwide for love is becoming the norm now. Each week companies like A Foreign Affair take dozens of men to countries all over the world where they attend social events, meeting hundreds of beautiful women and models, who like themselves are serious about finding true love and marriage. These men are from many varied walks of life: doctors, CEOs, policemen, businessmen, you name it. You don’t have to be a Bush or Trump to see the advantage of looking abroad for real love.

    With two candidates, Jed Bush and Donald Trump, both married to foreign brides, we could see our first foreign-born First Lady in the White House.

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