At today’s January 14, 2012 Mandatory Meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Party Committee, 1,783 appointed and elected precinct committeemen (out of 3,446 eligible PCs) met and voted to select five new At Large Members to represent the PCs on the Executive Committee’s governing board (the At Large members serve two-year terms). The PCs also voted on proposed changes to the County Committee’s bylaws and also voted on several resolutions relating to several political issues.
Here’s a video to give you an idea of what the Republican Party Committee of the fourth most populous county in America looks like.
Here is another just after the meeting was opened.
Further remarks by our First Vice Chairwoman about the number of precinct committeemen in attendance and showing some of the candidate’s banners.
Further remarks of our First Vice Chairwoman asking all of the new precinct committeemen to stand and be recognized and explaining that in one year we had increased our PC ranks by 600. (In November, 2008, the county committee had 1,989 precinct committeeman, holding about 31.8% of the available slots; we now have 3,474 PCs and are over 50% strength.) For those precinct committeemen appointed to fill a vacant slot, all they had to do to be eligible to vote at this meeting was fill out a one-page form attesting they resided in their precinct (which would be verified by the Party) and then either have two witnesses sign the form or have it notarized, and then have that appointment be approved by the County Board of Supervisors 45 days or more before the meeting — and the County Committee arranges for those approvals by routine every month. That’s it.
I was able to capture some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s remarks to the crowd. (Please turn up your volume.)
As you can see, the Maricopa County Republican Party committeemen seem to really like their sheriff.
I hope and pray more conservative Americans will get involved with their local Republican Party committee in their “political neighborhood, their precinct, as a precinct committeeman or in some other capacity as a regular Party committee volunteer to help Get Out The Vote in 2012. It is the best way to peacefully save our country. Especially in light of the facts that about 35% of registered Republicans in Arizona did not vote in the 2008 general election and about half of them did not vote in the 2010 general election.
In 2012, will YOU become a “voting member” of the Republican Party in your precinct?