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La Paz County Republican Chairman’s Bullying Power Play

Posted by on | November 5, 2017 | No Comments

By Calamity June

It’s been a few months since we had even thought about Russell Sias, the “Chairman” of La Paz County. We put “chairman” in quotes because, with fewer than 5 elected Precinct Committeemen in all of La Paz County, Mr. Sias effectively holds court over a committee of one.

Russell Sias La Paz County Republican Chairman’s Bullying Power Play

La Paz County GOP Chairman Russell Sias

There are no party operations in La Paz, no voter registration efforts, no get out the vote activities.

Earlier this year, the only other elected state committeeman resigned from the party.

Mr. Sias’s term as chairman has been an abject failure.

One thing he seems very skilled at, however, is working to divide the GOP, sending incoherent screeds and angry missives to Frosty Taylor’s Fake News Briefs and clamoring for…well it’s not very clear what it is that he’s actually clamoring for, but electing Republicans surely isn’t high on his list.

Oh, and let’s not forget…Mr. Sias also signs off all of his e-mails with a quote from Adolf Hitler.

Which brings us to today, the final meeting of the AZ GOP Bylaws Committee. Under a mandate from Chairman Jonathan Lines, Bylaws Chairman Kathy Petsas has run the most inclusive and transparent Bylaws Committee in recent memory. Every County and Legislative District was invited to appoint a member, to ensure a diverse, strong committee membership to review and, in some cases, overhaul the party’s bylaws.

Despite his utter failure to grow the party or preside over even a semblance of Republican activity in La Paz County, chairman Sias was offered the opportunity to appoint a Bylaws Committee member.

LaPazAZ 406x500 La Paz County Republican Chairman’s Bullying Power PlayThe individual he chose to appoint, however, was ineligible to participate. Not only was she not a duly elected state committeewoman (despite signing a document claiming to be one), she seems to be running for elective office OUTSIDE of La Paz county. This is not even to mention the abusive and diversionary activities that this particular individual engaged in, her prior arrest record or her complete lack of decorum.

Aware of his failure, Mr. Sias, at the 11th hour, attempted to appoint HIMSELF to the committee. Once again, no dice. The Bylaws Committee has been meeting for nearly a year, has worked collaboratively to consider dozens of amendments and revisions, and is nearing the end of it’s work. The deadline to appoint new members came and went months ago. This attempt to end run the rules should not have been tolerated, and it wasn’t.

So, thanks to Mr. Sias’s neglect, La Paz County is not represented on the Bylaws Committee.

This morning, despite not being on the Bylaws committee and not participating in any previous bylaws activities, Mr. Sias drove from Quartzsite to Phoenix with the express purpose of creating division and distracting the Committee from it’s goals. He must have known that, after a year of work, he could not just insert himself on to the committee and expect to be productive.

No, Mr. Sias is a bully, and he came to Phoenix thinking he could bully the Chairwoman. Was he ever wrong.

While she would have been well within her rights to prevent Mr. Sias from even attending the meeting, Chairman Petsas allowed the committee to determine whether or not Mr. Sias could attend as an observer.

Owing to his overwhelming unpopularity, even that vote was close…by a 10—9 margin, the committee allowed Mr. Sias to observe.

In response, Mr. Sias…drove away, in a truck bearing Montana license plates. Proving once again he has no real interest in promoting our party or our candidates here in Arizona.

We all know what will happen next. Tomorrow’s Fake News Briefs will be filled with lies and slanders about Chairman Petsas. Other members of the committee will be called out personally and shamed. Mr. Sias’s tactics as a bully and a liar will be on full display. And Fake News Maven Frosty Taylor will dutifully play her role as recording secretary.

Hopefully she’ll have the decency to leave out the Hitler quote.

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