|CLEARLY – AN ABUSE OF FREEDOM IS TAKING PLACE!
My name is Timothy Schwartz, Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Captain, State Committeeman, and Chairman of Legislative District 30 Republicans.
History: Since Governor Brewer mandated that all Arizonans should be forced to accept the Medicaid Expansion (known more commonly as Obamacare), the Republicans leaders of the Governor’s party, and the good people of the State of Arizona have voiced adamant opposition to the new imposed policy. An effort was begun to overturn Governor Brewer’s overreach of power by obtaining petition signatures in order to force the issue to the ballot by referendum so the electorate could decide the issue for themselves.
From the beginning of the petition gathering from the group named URAPC, the Governor has been relentless in the effort to thwart the efforts, and has now raised in excess of $364,000 to help stop us from doing so.
But, what I’m writing to you about today is more serious, egregious than former tactics deployed.
Here’s the details: Our group recently contacted the Arizona State Fairgrounds (State property)
To obtain the necessary permits to have a presence at the upcoming Gun Show events.
While we were at the fairgrounds to obtain these permits, a “staffer” from the Governor’s office called. Donna (person from the fairgrounds who was issuing the permits) interrupted the meeting to take the call from the Governor’s staffer. When Donna returned, our group was informed that we could not be rented a table inside the Gun Show (even though other petitioners were granted theirs). We were further told that we wound not even be granted permission to be outside in the South parking lot where attendees to the Gun show park to enter the building. Instead, we were shown an area on the NORTH side of the building where we were given permission to set up a table.
There is a very SERIOUS problem with this arrangement: The North parking lot is where the vendors are sent (by parking lot attendees to park. Some of these vendors are from Arizona gunshops, but the vast majority are out-of-State vendors. All of them arrive early and leave late because they are attending their booths. Our group cannot obtain the signatures we need from those in this area, we need signatures from Arizona attendees to the event. It’s important to note that while the public can access the north parking lot, the Main entrance from Encanto was closed, so only public which entered from the ‘secondary’ entrance off 19th Ave. gets into the North parking lot. The vast majority of the public enters the MAIN entrance from McDowell road, and parking lot attendees usher them into the SOUTH LOT ONLY!
Our group arrived at 7:00 am on Saturday morning September 7th to set-up.
We were pointed to the North parking lot. We simply were not getting the signatures we needed to get because we did not have the needed contact with the public. I grabbed some clipboards and walked to the South parking lot. After a while, I was approached by a young girl (security) and told I did not have permission to be there. I resisted with comment, she called her supervisor (Mike Reed). Mike arrived and told me I needed to join the others at the North lot. I did so. Stayed until 5:00 pm Saturday.
Sunday morning: 2 others arrived at 7 am. I had a Church commitment, and did not arrive until 12:30 pm. After I spent the beginning at the North lot, I decided to go back to the South lot where the attendees were…. For this reason. Our Constitutional rights were being violated (Freedom of Speech) to circulate a petition for referendum. After all, we were on State property which was granted access to the public. I clearly understand that I could be legally asked to leave if I was to become unruly or cause a disturbance. I did NOT have any altercations or cause disturbance, so I was within my Constitutional rights to be on public accessed State property.
Also, it must be noted that another ‘political’ petition was given permission to have access to the areas we were denied! John Huppenthal (supt. of Public instruction) was circulating his petition both inside the building and outside the bldg. He had access to the attendees that we did not.
After a short time of being in the south parklot, Mike Reed showed up in golf cart with 2 other security personnel. He informed me that even though it was against the ‘policy’ stated for our group, he personally agreed with our efforts, so he would give me permission to stay, if I remained within a certain area that he pointed out. I agreed.
After a few minutes of staying in the area that Mike had designated, the same young security girl that approached me on Saturday was talking to me again, and telling me that I had to move.
I told her that her Supervisor had just given me permission to stay. She stormed off, got on her radio, and I watched her as she talked for a long time on her radio.
Within minutes, I saw Mike Reed walking towards me with another member from URAPC.
Mike quickly informed me that I could either go back to the North parklot, or I could leave the premises, but those were the only two options I had. I began to remind him that he had given me permission minutes before, but he would not listen! My rights were CLEARLY being violated.
With no other option, I walked back to the North parklot. After several minutes, I called Mike Reed (security) and asked him why other political petitions were granted access to the attendees both inside and outside the bldg., but we were not given the same access. He ignored my question and answered back that he had mandated I stay within his designated area, and I had disobeyed his orders. Clearly this was not true!!! I stayed exactly where he told me to. From this comment, it is clear to me that Mike is willing to tell a ‘different story’ to this supervisors (or the media) in order to cover his tracks! Yet Mike does not know that I recorded our conversations, so I can prove my story with evidence. This will NOT be “He said, she said”! Even if the other two security persons that showed up with Mike back his story, it will NOT be the truth. The recording of the conversations will be the truth!
After talking briefly with Mike by phone, he quickly passed the phone to his Supervisor (Joy).
Joy listened politely (at first) before she cut me off. She then ‘informed’ me that the public was ‘allowed’ to park in both the North and South parklots. However, this comment carries no weight, because as I’ve stated before, the traffic come into the main entrance from McDowell Rd., and the vested parklotattendees DIRECTS the traffic into only spaces in the SOUTH parklot!
After talking with both Joy and Mike from Security, it was obvious to me that they will try to ‘change the story’ to remove blame. I’m sure that while some Journalists will not follow up this important story, because of the denial from the other side.
But anyone who would discount my version must take into account that I recorded those conversations! I have Concrete PROOF that my version is the correct one.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I’ve written it because I BELIEVE in Constitutional freedom. I’m disturbed that we are rapidly losing those freedoms. My hope is that you will take my report seriously, and report it to others. We must all do this so that we are not all pigeon-holed in socialism – a place where Freedom does not exist!
Chairman, LD30 Republicans