More Corruption In The Coconino County GOP?

By Elisha Dorfsmith


On December 15th, Coconino County Republicans met at McCoy Motors in Flagstaff to vote on new officers and State Committeemen.

I was able to acquire audio of the meeting which you can hear in the video above. The results of the State Committeemen election were announced and you can clearly hear the names John Kistler and Drake Mitchell listed:

John Kistler @ 41 seconds
Drake Mitchell @ 1 min 2 seconds

It’s important to keep in mind that at the meeting, rules were voted on by the body and approved unanimously. One of the rules (rule 14) said:

“The results as announced by the Credentials Committee spokesperson are final. No further discussion will be entertained.”

That means that the above audio should be the final results of the State Committeemen election, period.

On December 21st, new CCRC Chair Joy Staveley sent out a spreadsheet listing the newly elected State Committeemen. Drake Mitchell and John Kistler had been replaced with Karen Bradford and Tracy Dent. Worse, in the exact numbers released, Staveley says that Kistler received the least amount of votes of anybody who ran for State Committeeman.

How can someone go from being an announced winner to receiving the least amount of votes and not even coming close to winning one of the 27 State Committeemen positions?

Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

Both Kistler and Mitchell were liberty PCs who wanted more transparency in the Coconino County Republican Committee. Many feel that they have been directly targeted for removal because of their dedication to liberty.

In other news, CCRC Chair Joy Staveley announced last night that the CCRC would no longer hold monthly meetings. Instead, meetings will be held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Less meetings means less involvement and less opportunity for planning and action. I’m sure Flagstaff Democrats are rolling on the floor laughing at this news. Well done Madam Chair, well done.

December 27, 2012 UPDATE:  It has been brought to my attention by one of my readers that Rule 14 is not the only rule the CCRC leadership did not follow at the December 15th meeting. The CCRC also broke Rule 6. Rule 6 stated:

“Before ballots are distributed, candidates for officer positions will be allowed a maximum of two minutes each to present their qualifications for the office. Only the candidates may speak on their own behalf.”

In the video below, you will hear CCRC Chair candidate Joy Staveley speaking on behalf of Treasurer candidate Ray Jordan who was on her slate and did not attend the meeting. This is a blatant violation of Rule 6. Clearly, these people believe that they get to create rules for others to follow but think they are somehow above the law.

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  1. sunrizec
    December 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on Remnants of Liberty and commented:
    Once again, transparency of meeting with recording devices are needed to prevent corruption and power driven opportunist from infecting an organization.

  2. David
    December 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I very much appreciate the audio as I don’t even remember what I said. However, I would refrain from the corruption label until it is all said and done, and trust me, it is not. Lets wait until all the cards are down.

    • December 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Breaking rule 14 and not telling those who were bumped from the list of winners that they are no longer State committeemen…even after they took the oath…is corruption in itself. I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. December 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I’ll be willing to take it back if, and only if Drake Mitchell and John Kistler are reinstated as State Committeemen.

  4. Carl
    December 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    rules are for others to follow

    • December 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Update: From what I understand, the CCRC is refusing to back down on any of this. Pretty much their way or the highway. They will be sending out an email after Christmas with more details. I’ll let you all know what it says. Hopefully I’m wrong and they choose to do the right thing.

  5. Slim Strontem
    December 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    An “honest mistake” which could be corrected, but continues uncorrected, is neither “honest”, nor a “mistake”.

    • December 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      A few hours ago I received an email from the husband of one of the people who counted the votes. He is furious that we have the above audio. Kind of screws up their plans I guess. I told him that cockroaches hate light and basically said that if the CCRC leadership is afraid of being recorded then the organization just might be run by cockroaches.

      For the record, AZ GOP attorney Lee Miller said the meeting falls under open meeting law and was allowed to be recorded. Here’s what he told us:

      “6. As the organizational meeting is regarded as meeting of elected officials carrying out their statutory duties, Arizona’s open meeting law applies. The meeting must be open to the public and press. Remember that Open Meeting Law allows persons other than the elected officials to participate with their eyes and ears and not their mouths. Members of the public are not entitled to any opportunity to say anything and they may be asked to leave if they are disrupting the meeting.”

  6. December 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Interestingly, they put rule 14 in the list of rules for the meeting to hurt us. They ended up really hurting themselves. Rule 14:

    “The results as announced by the Credentials Committee spokesperson are final. No further discussion will be entertained.”

  7. Droid
    December 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This really make me see that my belief in that higher up the chain you go the more dishonisty there is. If they do not like who the majority votes in they just recount untill they get what they want. They do as they please. Anyone who thinks! will realize how little the US govenment thinks of its citizins, the real people who should have a say so in their country.
    Let us back truth and not say oh well it really does not matter.
    Co. Resident.

  8. Anonymous PC
    December 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Shame on Joy Staveley and her dishonest behavior! I am appalled and saddened to see that this is how she is beginning her leadership role in Coconino County.

    Is there any recourse to combating her unethical behavior? It seems there is ample evidence available to expose her corruption. Can we appeal to the state GOP chair to intervene?

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