Republican PCs threatened with arrest at AZ GOP HQs
First person account of April 18, 2015 AZ GOP newly closed executive meeting by LD 28 PC
Republican Party elected Precinct Committeemen attempted to gain entrance to the Republican Party executive meeting this morning They were told that they were not authorized to attend the meeting.
The Republican Party PCs very calmly stood in the parking lot of the Republican Party Headquarters. They were met by Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies who threatened to arrest them for trespassing if they did not leave the parking lot.
The committeemen were told they could stand on the public sidewalk and they moved to the sidewalk as requested. I (James Alberts ) asked the deputies who told them to arrest us for trespassing . They said their supervisor who was not at the Republican Party office.
I suggest that they go ahead and arrest me. I’m a registered Republican, and a Republican Party PC. I asked if there was an member of the Republican Party executive staff in the building who would come out and order me off the property. Deputies were very polite and said no we have our orders to arrest anyone refusing to leave the 24th Street Republican Party property in Phoenix.
We were considered protesters and forced to leave the property. When the Republican Party Sergeant-at-Arms (Alberto Gutier) came out of the building I reentered the property and identified myself and asked to be arrested for trespassing. At that time the Sergeant-at-Arms told the deputies not to arrest me, saying that I would cause a field day for the Democrats.
I responded by saying, “No, Robert Hussein Graham and the executive staff are causing the Democrats to have a field day with this, not me!”
For additional background on this deplorable state of affairs, read “Need more proof of McCain chokehold on AZGOP?”