Timothy Schwartz’s and Tyler Bowyer’s LD30 Shame
When thinking of the purpose of party organization, the intent is clear. Our ONLY mission is to elect more Republicans, and to defeat Democrats. Period. Sadly, there are those who sacrifice the mission in order to achieve their vain ambitions or political battles.
On December 6, 2014 Gary Hirsch soundly defeated Timothy Schwartz as the new Legislative District 30 Republican Chairman. In fact, Mr. Hirsch won with over 68% of the district vote.
During Hirsch’s tenure, the District was successful at fundraising and drawing in record meeting attendance. In every measurable way, Legislative District 30 was a success under Chairman Hirsch. The future looked bright.
Unfortunately, Mr. Schwartz did not handle his defeat graciously and began to organize in a possibly deceptive manner.
Although Mr. Schwartz would lose fairly in his election to Mr. Hirsch, it appears he signed appointment forms for 99 new precinct committeemen and committeewoman prior to his election. How is this even possible?
According to the MCRC by-laws, recruiting PCs prior to his election would mean it would be impossible for them to be appointed at all. Under the by-laws, the appointment forms need to be signed within 15-days of him receiving the actual appointment forms. At this stage, the Maricopa County Chairman would be required to appoint them within the next 15-days. In our case, the date of appointment would have been December 29th, clearly before the January 31st statutory meeting. The recruitment of the PCs during that 30-day period would be a violation of the MCRC by-laws.
Additionally, MCRC by-laws require the use of a standard PC appointment form. It appears that Chairman AJ Lafaro allowed Mr. Schwartz to edit the form. As if by coincidence, the new form does not require the applicant to date his signature. If you understood the above, by not requiring a date it is impossible to actually know “when” these PCs were appointed and if that appointment was a violation of the by-laws.
In our above example, it could be that all 99 PCs were actually recruited after Mr. Schwartz’s loss but the actual forms were backdated to cure an obvious violation of the by-laws. We will never know because Chairman Lafaro allowed Mr. Schwartz to change the form.
Regardless, it appears that County Chairman Mr. Lafaro violated the MCRC by-laws by appointing PCs during the forbidden period by submitting them to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Although the County Board of Supervisors was notified of this violation, they directed duly elected Chairman Gary Hirsch to resolve the issue with the new Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer.
Chairman Bowyer was elected on January 6, 2015 and he quickly acknowledged that the PCs were actually appointed in violation of the by-laws. Chairman Bowyer actually had Chairman Hirsch draft a removal packed for those appointment PCs.
When Bowyer received the removal packet, he took no action until April 1. At that time, he signed a letter attesting to the improperly appointment PCs and that they were in fact appointed in direct violation of the by-laws. The directed that these newly appointed PCs would need to go back through the proper process. Although Chairman Hirsch was promised that this letter would go out in April, the letter was not mailed until the end of May.
Although the letter specifically instructed that these new PCs had to be reappointed, the PCs did not respond the letter.
During the summer, Bowyer met with Chairman Hirsch and asked him to ignore the by-law violations and allow these new PCs to participate. Chairman Hirsch agreed because he felt that Chairman Bowyer would not have the courage to make a decision and he believed that these newly appointed PCs were for the good the party. Bowyer promised that their appointment would not be used against him in a recall.
Unfortunately, on September 17th Bowyer had Executive Director April Riggins call Chairman Hirsch to notify him that Chairman Bowyer was issuing a recall against him. Although a recall petition was sent that night and the signatures were not verified, Chairman Bowyer decided to move forward with the recall meeting.
Chairman Hirsch asked Bowyer why he went against his word on the matter, and he was informed that his legal counsel Karyl Krug told him he had no choice but to move forward with the recall election (which is not true according to the MCRC by-laws). As you recall, Ms. Krug was recently outed as a super liberal lawyer working for the Maricopa County Republican Party.
While Chairman Hirsch is confident that he would have successfully beaten back this illegal recall attempt, he honorably chose to resign on Sunday afternoon. He would not allow his district and the Republican Party to be dragged down in petty, personal and unproductive disputes. Especially when the County Chairman isn’t a man of his word.
The First Vice Chair will act as interim chairman and, in accordance with LD 30 bylaws, will schedule a new election at a time of his choosing.
Chairman Hirsch is owed an apology and investigation into these activities. He not only made Legislative District 30 a better District than he found it but he made decisions that were in the best interest of the Republican Party as a whole. He was dealt with dishonestly by Chairman Tyler Bowyer and Timothy Schwartz and his recall attempt was made possible by PCs appointed in violation of District and County bylaws.
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