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Crossroads with Van Interviews Cindy Dorfsmith

November 27, 2012 5 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Earlier tonight my wife Cindy Dorfsmith had an interesting interview with Clair Van Steenwyk on his Phoenix radio show. She’s currently running for Chair of the Coconino County Republican Committee and Van asked her on his show to discuss concerns she has about potential problems at our December 15th meeting where officers and State Committeemen are elected

(See photos at the bottom of this post for the concerns Cindy had).

Listen to the full interview HERE.

I just finished listening to the recording. What really frustrated me was the fact that Peter Wainwright, an elected PC in Coconino County called in before Cindy and started attacking her before she even went on the air. Here are a couple of his quotes from the show:

“What this Dorfsmith Group is doing is they’re all Paulistas trying to take over the Republican party here and they’re very sore losers.”  –Peter Wainwright Coconino County GOP PC

“Constitutional issues I think we can all agree on but anything the Ron Paul people don’t like they call unconstitutional.”  –Peter Wainwright Coconino County GOP PC

Making things even more interesting, Troy Campbell (also a PC and current Secretary of the CCRC) called into the show and attacked me by name.  He claimed he saw me handing out Gary Johnson literature at NAU.  I have already had current CCRC Chair Diana Arendt and 2nd Vice Chair Joy Staveley suggest that I may be stripped of my vote as an elected Precinct Committeeman for this accusation. I have been told that I may also be stripped of my chance to run as a State Committeeman because of this. Every indication is that the establishment GOP plans to take this accusation and run with it at the December meeting. Apparently, I am enemy No. 1 with a giant target on my back.

Interestingly, I have told Troy and others countless times that I was at the Gary Johnson event at NAU working on an article for my online newspaper Flagstaff Independent Press. I told them that I would have covered Romney and Obama events too but the official Romney and Obama campaigns did not campaign in Flagstaff. This is the article I was working on while I was at NAU:

I just got off the phone with Troy Campbell and confronted him about his comments on the radio. I asked him what proof he had to go on the air and make these accusations. He admitted he had no proof whatsoever. He said that he knows what he thinks he saw but he never actually saw me hand out literature or campaign for Gary Johnson.

Listen to tonight’s radio recording and you’ll hear Troy say in no uncertain terms that he saw me handing out Gary Johnson literature. Well, I guess it comes down to my word against his. Again, on the phone with me he admitted he had zero proof of his accusations against me.

Are unprovable accusations really grounds to strip me of my vote and opportunity to run for a State Committeeman position? Not according to the CCRC bylaws and Robert’s Rules. But my experience with internal GOP politics is that they don’t follow rules. Strangely, those of us who do try to follow bylaws and State Statutes have been called “anarchists” for demanding that rules be followed. The current GOP leadership is about as backwards as you can get.

As many of you know, there is a LOT of corruption in the GOP from the County all the way up to the national level. This must be changed. I have said it before, if the Republican party does not wake up and get their house in order they will be a dead party…forever. The GOP is at a major crossroads right now.

Now, for those who say “don’t air your dirty GOP laundry for the public to see” I say don’t call into radio stations and attack me by name. You’ve brought all of this on yourselves.

Cindy agreed to be interviewed on the show to discuss bylaws and State Statutes. She was never there to attack people and she never did. All of the attacking and hate came from the establishment GOP who is doing everything in their power to push liberty minded people out of the party.

(Click to enlarge). The above picture shows CCRC Chair Diana Arendt saying she has the authority to strip anybody who she thinks didn’t campaign for all of the Republican Candidates of their vote and right to run for office. According to her, no proof or hearing is necessary. She says State Chairman Tom Morrissey gave her the full authority to address supposed violations. (Notice that she copied Morrissey in the email she sent out).

(Click to enlarge). This is the kind of dirty tricks that concern us. These letters were sent out to several newly elected PCs. It asks PCs to sign a proxy form in front of two witnesses and return it with the rest of the information left blank. CCRC Chair Diana Arendt says she will fill in the rest of the information. This may not even be legal. Proxy forms and a Self addressed stamped envelope were included. Apparently, the only way they think they can get their establishment slate elected is to cheat.

(Click to enlarge). CCRC Bylaws Article V Section 4 Subsection B states that a regularly scheduled meeting can be canceled by a majority vote of the County Committee only. But as you can see in the above email, CCRC Chair Diana Arendt went ahead and canceled meetings on her own. This is completely illegal.

(Click to enlarge). While the establishment has their sites set on stripping liberty PCs of their votes for supposed violations, establishment PC and former Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson decided to endorse the Democratic candidate for State Senate in LD6. To my knowledge, CCRC leadership never threatened to strip him of his vote.

Rosa Dierks, Current PC and wife of former CCRC Chair Clark Dierks showed up in a picture with Democratic Senate Candidate Richard Carmona in the Arizona Daily Sun. The caption read, “Dr. Richard Carmona, left, greets supporters….” Rosa says she attended the meeting to support a friend who supported Carmona. She was furious that I even questioned why she was in the picture. Again, if they are trying to strip me of my vote because I covered a Gary Johnson event than the above should be a violation as well. The fact that our Chair claims she can pick and choose who to strip of their vote means that she will probably be picking on liberty PCs and not the establishment PCs who clearly violated rules and left the proof for me to post.

Perhaps with enough pressure, Diana will decide to do the right thing and allow all elected Precinct Committeemen in Coconino County to cast their vote and run for office at the December 15th meeting. We’ll see.


Barry Goldwater On Saving The GOP

November 25, 2012 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I was reminded of the below quote tonight and as I read it again I felt it applied to the Republican party today. Especially if you think of all the young supporters Ron Paul brought in to the GOP since 2007. Barry Goldwater Jr. made a similar connection between his father and Ron Paul when he introduced Ron Paul at an event I attended at ASU in 2009. Both candidates were able to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of young people.

Here’s the Barry Goldwater quote:

“While liberal columnists and commentators were busily reciting the death rites for the GOP and lamenting the possible end of a two-party system in the United States, interested political investigators began to notice that historic and significant changes had been wrought in the Republican Party as a result of my candidacy.

These observers took a hard look at the GOP, past and present. They saw that after decades of winning prior to 1930, and years of losing after 1930, the Republican Party had simply dried up at the roots. They found that the foundation of the party in the Eastern, Midwestern and Plains states had disappeared entirely in some areas and had eroded badly in many others.

But they also discovered that the Goldwater cause had brought tens of thousands of new people into our party throughout the nation and provided the GOP with a badly needed transfusion of new blood at the grass roots.

Perhaps the most important thing about this transfusion was that it came from young and energetic people and from segments of the population which, heretofore, had not been noted for their contribution to the nation’s political organization. Although these new troops were not at first successful, their vigor and enthusiasm strengthened the sinews of the Republican Party and completely revitalized the party’s structure throughout the country. These new recruits stuck with it because they were motivated by ideas as well as ideals. They worked their way up in the party organizations; they became Republican leaders and candidates; they became precinct leaders, county chairmen and state officers. And by 1966, they were giving our party great national victories that had a vital bearing on our ability to win the White House in 1968.

Those who bemoaned the so-called ‘Goldwater disaster’ in 1964 overlooked the fact that my defeat had another side to it. To be specific, my campaign broadened the base of the Republican Party nationally in a way that had never happened before. Where Republican presidential candidates before me had numbered their financial campaign contributors in the tens of thousands, my campaign counted them in hundreds of thousands. When Richard Nixon ran for reelection in 1960, financial contributions to his campaign ran between 40,000 and 50,000. The best count ever made of the individual contributions to my campaign four years later put the total at around 661,500.

In addition, our party had organizations and the nuclei of organizations in hundreds of areas where they had never existed before. This was not only true in the South, where the phenomenon was spectacular, but also proved to be the case in many large metropolitan areas which had long been almost the sole preserve of the political liberals.”

– Barry Goldwater in “Conscience of a Majority”, 1970

Nothing breathes life into an organization like enthusiastic young people. The establishment GOP would do well to remember that. There is currently a push to rid the Republican Party of all Ron Paul supporters. If they are successful the GOP will be as good as dead…forever. On the other hand, the possibilities are endless with new blood and new energy. Time will tell.

Me and Barry Goldwater Jr. at a Ron Paul event at ASU in 2009.

Stop The Crony Capitalism In Flagstaff

November 13, 2012 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours ran a very aggressive mayoral campaign against crony capitalism last year. He was known on the campaign trail for continually ranting against the failed policies of previous administrations and saying that the City of Flagstaff should not be in the business of picking and choosing winners and losers in the private sector.  During his campaign, he focused on three specific failed public/ private business experiments: The Auto Mall, Horizon Airlines, and the Aspen Place / Sawmill project.

In contrast, mayoral candidate and Flagstaff Councilman Al White ran an equally aggressive campaign demanding government involvement in all aspects of private enterprise. White was hailed by his supporters as a great Keynesian who realized business could not survive without government help.

The difference between the two candidates was very clear and while it cannot be said that all voters chose Nabours for this one issue, it’s safe to say that many did.  It’s also a fact that most of us who campaigned non-stop for Nabours considered his opposition to crony capitalism one of the main reasons we worked so hard to get him elected.

Last Tuesday, while Flagstaff residents prepared to watch national election results trickle in, the Flagstaff City Council was busy plotting to bring more crony capitalism to Flagstaff. In a 6-1 vote (with Councilman Jeff Oravits dissenting) The council chose to move forward with phase II of the Flagstaff Business Incubator NACET.

Oravits explains the issue in detail on his blog in a post titled Council Votes To Subsidize Select Flag Start Ups:

“I was not satisfied, to say the least, with the responses to various questions I posed during the meeting (watch video Item 14A). When I asked why the last contractor pulled out of the project, who was to build and fund the facility, I was told the company pulled out because they could not attain financing for the project due to the fact that the clients the incubator would serve were not credit worthy. It appears the Flagstaff tax payer is going to step up and subsidize businesses that may not be able to receive traditional funding. In other words, the Council has decided to invest your tax dollars into businesses that the private sector has largely passed on.”

I watched the video of Item 14A and and could not believe what I was seeing. The usual cast of characters (many who have also been begging for city tax dollars for the non-profits they all work for) pushing the council to throw hundreds of thousands of City dollars into pet business projects.

Wayne Fox, who created economic impact studies for NACET, refused to answer questions as simple as how much money total had been put into the incubator to create the 128 new jobs he proudly claimed NACET had created. He also could not answer which companies or firms had received assistance through NACET.

Refusing to answer simple questions like those throws up a lot of red flags for me. I got the impression that many of the speakers in support of phase II of NACET will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Before he voted, Mayor Nabours explained that many businesses and members of the public resent NACET. It’s not as popular as you think, he said. He referenced his past opposition to government involvement in choosing winners and losers in the private sector. He brought up the Flagstaff auto mall and said he sure hoped this project did not turn out to be a similar disaster. In short, he made the case for why he should vote no and then strangely voted yes.

When I work to elect candidates I make sure they know full well that I plan to hold their feet to the fire if and when they are elected. When Nabours voted for crony capitalism last Tuesday he betrayed the trust of those of us who voted for him and expected him to stick to his campaign promises.  I encourage my Flagstaff readers to contact the Mayor and remind him of why you supported him and how you feel about his vote for this project.

On the other hand, be sure to thank Flagstaff Councilman Jeff Oravits for not being afraid to be the lone voice of reason on the council.

You can find contact info for the Flagstaff City Council HERE.

Why The GOP Lost

November 10, 2012 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

“As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.” –Ron Paul

As the shock of Romney’s loss starts to wear off, speculation and finger pointing have become the order of the day for establishment Republicans and tea party members.  Rather than do the serious soul searching that they all need to do, many are choosing to lash out in the typical childish way at (you guessed it) Ron Paul supporters.

This morning a friend who I have worked with for several years in Northern Arizona decided to jump on the bandwagon and post the following statement on Facebook:

“Divided country – 50/50 split. Now we adjust to what we know, what we’ve seen, what we know will happen. Gather around like-minded people. We tried reaching out. It did not work. Unify w/folks who “see” as you do. The thinkers, do-ers, producers: 50% of US. Pay no mind to 0bama supporters or Ron Paul supporters who spew hate or division. That cycle’s over.”

Right, because attacking hate and division by spewing hate and division is a great way to bring people together. Brilliant logic.

Earlier this week Ron Paul supporters were also attacked and accused of costing Jonathan Paton the CD-1 election. Here’s an example of those attacks (this post was found on Facebook):

“Our friend Jonathan Paton – a great Republican – lost his race to represent the voters of Arizona’s 1st Congressional district because of a loser named Kim Allen. In other words, the Ron Paul people in Arizona intentionally sabotaged this race to get a liberal Democrat elected. Shame on you!”

Myth: Ron Paul Supporters Cost Paton The Election

While it’s easy to point fingers and get angry, that kind of reaction does little to get to the root of the problem. Yesterday Ron Paul released a statement on his Facebook page that I think puts everything into perspective. If the GOP and the tea party want to learn from their mistakes they would be wise to pay close attention to these words:

“America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%.

Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance.

Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads. It’s not hard to see why, though. To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above. As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor. GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better. They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for the Republican Party and for our country.

I urge all my Republican colleagues to join the liberty movement in fighting for a brighter future.”

Myth: Ron Paul Supporters Cost Paton The Election

November 8, 2012 9 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

When all else fails, blame Ron Paul supporters. We all knew that if things went poorly for the GOP on November 6th we’d be the proverbial scapegoat. The GOP can never do anything wrong, it’s always those evil Ron Paul people who cost the GOP the election!

Blame Ron Paul In Arizona CD-1!

Yesterday I told some of you that I expected the old tiresome blame game to be played here in Arizona’s CD-1. Looking through the results I noticed that if every vote cast for Libertarian Kim Allen had gone to Republican Jonathan Paton he would have won. Who possibly could have voted for the Libertarian? Oh, I know, it was those “evil selfish Ron Paul spoilers.” So predictable.

Today, posts like this are floating around Facebook and various Conservative blogs:

“Our friend Jonathan Paton – a great Republican – lost his race to represent the voters of Arizona’s 1st Congressional district because of a loser named Kim Allen. In other words, the Ron Paul people in Arizona intentionally sabotaged this race to get a liberal Democrat elected. Shame on you!”

Shame on me? No, more like shame on you and your ignorance you establishment crybabies.

Minimal analysis of the election results proves that Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters were not the driving force behind Kim Allen’s surprisingly strong showing. I think logic would say that if you’re an “evil” Libertarian or Ron Paul supporter who wants to hurt the GOP you’re probably going to vote for the Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, right? Well, here’s how the numbers played out in Coconino County (as of the writing of this post). Keep in mind that other counties in CD-1 had the same trend.

Gary Johnson: A cool (and extremely evil) 666 votes!

Kim Allen: 2,490 votes.

What???? How can this be? I’m not a math genius but 2,490 is a lot more than 666.

Here’s part of the reason (I’m sure many other factors come into play but this is a big part of it). A lot of Kim Allen votes were protest votes by Wenona Benally Baldenegro supporters and others who were frustrated with Ann Kirkpatrick but could not get themselves to vote for a Republican.

As you may remember, Wenona was Kirkpatrick’s progressive challenger in the primary and had the support of Native American voters. Recently, the Navajo Council voted to endorse Paton over Kirkpatrick (showing just how unpopular Kirkpatrick is in that area).

With Progressives across CD-1 turning out to support Obama, many felt they had to check some box in the CD1 section of their ballot. Rather than support a Republican or a Democrat candidate who supports allowing guns into National Parks (including the Grand Canyon), they chose neither and bam you have progressive protest votes for Kim Allen.

This is not just pure speculation on my part. I talked to literally dozens of Democrats throughout the campaign cycle who told me they would NOT vote for Kirkpatrick. If you don’t believe me, look at letters sent to the Daily Sun by progressives attacking Kirkpatrick. She is not popular with many in her party.

For progressives who did research, Kim Allen took some very progressive positions on a lot of issues. He was considered by many to be more progressive than Paton or Kirkpatrick.

For progressives who did not do any research, with no other third party candidate on the ballot, Allen was the obvious protest choice.

As a strong Ron Paul supporter I am disgusted with the establishment GOP using any and every opportunity to blame us when things go poorly for them. I spent hours trying to get Paton elected. I canvassed precincts, handed out literature, waved signs and made calls. So did many other Ron Paul supporters and even registered Libertarians. On many issues, Paton was more libertarian than Kim Allen and that made Paton an easy sell to liberty minded people.

UPDATE: Robert Mayer who worked with the Paton campaign posted a response on facebook that says in part:

“Kirkpatrick’s campaign was so negative that many voters registered a protest vote, which went to Kim Allen by default. It’s nothing to do with philosophy. You can tell this is the case when looking at the vote discrepancy between us and Romney… it’s all protest vote.”

Paton supporters in Coconino County.

Day After Election: Much To Be Happy About

November 7, 2012 4 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

With most post election attention being focused on national races, it’s easy to forget that the policies that affect us the most are usually those that are set by local officials and propositions. Here are a few reasons to be very happy about last night’s results.

Republicans win LD6

Chester Crandell easily won his contest for State Senate against Democrat Tom Chabin. Crandell is a very down to earth, liberty minded individual who understands the Constitution and values states’ rights.

State Representative candidates Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton also easily won their races. Like Crandell, Thorpe and Barton are Constitutionalists who are very accessible and willing to listen to the needs and concerns of their constituents.

LD6 Democrats, including State Senate candidate Tom Chabin ran an extremely negative campaign promising to “de-kook” the Arizona capital. Interestingly, Chabin is the one with truly crazy ideas (Top Two was his baby before it became a prop). His voting record, along with his complete lack of respect for constituents who had differing views only hurt his chances.  With Chabin out, I think it’s safe to say that the legislature is a lot less “kooky” this morning.

Prop 121: Top Two

Top Two, the nightmare that would have completely destroyed third parties and voter choice in Arizona failed with only 33% of voters supporting it. With some last minute polls showing passage, it was expected that this prop could be very close. Opponents did a fantastic job in getting the word out and letting voters know just how bad Top Two would be for Arizona.

Prop 204

Despite a huge push from special interest groups, the extension of Arizona’s 1 cent sales tax failed miserably. 65% of voters said no, sending a strong message that Arizonans want responsible spending rather than higher taxes.  The failure of Prop 204 proves that you cannot gauge the popularity of a ballot measure by the number of signs you see.  “Yes on 204” signs were prominently plastered all across Arizona heading into election day.

Congrats To The Candidates!

Congratulations to all of the winners of last night’s races. It has been a long, hard and tiring campaign season but overall very very productive. We have much to be happy about in Northern Arizona today.

My son Adrian stands outside a polling place in Flagstaff campaigning for Chester Crandell on election day.

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