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Dear PCs, Chairmen and Executive Committee Members,

 

In light of some rumors surrounding the temporary cash assistance we provided to MCRC let me provide some insights. 

 

The AZGOP has provided cash payments over the past few months to the MCRC and other counties.  It is now clear that based on the MCRC’s confidence in their own fundraising ability, their other priorities, and their positive press releases surrounding recent fundraising that the help was sufficient for the time being as we respond to competing requests for cash assistance.

 

I apologize that my decision to be flexible with financial resources was not communicated better. While I was in DC speaking at a Senate briefing against President Obama’s Iranian deal and the MCRC chair was also out of town, my staff had erroneously sent an additional check to MCRC, but corrected the mistake and cancelled the check. Before we could all discuss the issue, news media called asking if we were out of money, turning a simple mistake into fodder for gossip and rumor that I must address.

 

The rumor emerged that the check was cancelled because of my personal like or dislike of a presidential candidate, which is absurd. I believe our party's voters must have a chance to hear, meet and learn about each candidate, and cast their vote.  This is no different from the gubernatorial elections of 2014 or any other contested primary, and you will not see the AZGOP violate a long tradition of avoiding supporting one single primary candidate over others.

 

We also received calls asking why I did not attend the Trump event, to which the simple answer is I was in Oregon to celebrate my grandmother’s 101st birthday.  I am confident I was in the right place and of course the trip had been planned for some time. As you may know the Trump event was well attended thanks to leadership from Lori Klein, Aaron Borders and help from the MCRC, as well as many dedicated volunteers.

 

As State Chairman, I have to work and consider all counties not just “the great state of Maricopa.”  Even though the MCRC has worked for years to be the center of every hot spot in the media or center point of debate…it is important to note we have 14 other counties that are equally important to the success of our party.  The rural counties carried the state and our election successes during the 2014 cycle and must not be ignored.

 

When counties project their success, it is very helpful because it allows the AZGOP to shift resources where they are truly needed. Candidates are announcing every day and their announcements are shaping our 2016 strategic victory plan.

 

Lastly, entitlement is a word that curls every Republican’s toes. Entitlement is at the epicenter of every problem from welfare abuse to illegal immigration. The sense of entitlement drives those who think they are somehow entitled to benefit from the work done by others.

 

When I see a former party chairman (who was woefully unsuccessful in raising funds and did not seek re-election) publicly complaining about current leadership, especially when the state party has subsidized much of his legal defense (that he would otherwise be paying personally) and the legal defense of the county party, I'm left scratching my head.  I think there are some in our party that feel entitled to money they haven't worked for or raised.  Does this sound like true a Republican?

 

I am grateful for the passionate work all of you do and for the advocacy you give your favorite candidates. Be civil, but do not relent.  Endure until we have victory.  The Republicans in Arizona and the rest of the county need well-informed activists to engage and fight to win back the White House.  Together we can win and have the outcome we are all hoping for.

 

Thanks again for all you do.

 

God Bless the United States of America,

 

 

Robert Graham

Chairman

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