Lawsuit against AZGOP and Chairman Lines no laughing matter

Governor Doug Ducey, Sen. Brophy McGee, and Jonathan Lines

In politics, it is usual to allow bygones be bygones after election day has come and gone.  Jonathan Lines may have gotten himself and the AZGOP into some serious hot water by continuing a long-running fued with former State Representative Maria Syms and her husband Mark.

In a lawsuit filed on January 23rd, the Syms’ allege that recorded remarks by Lines show that he made a number of false claims, including:

“After the Courts determined that she and her husband had committed fraud, uh, in trying to take out another Republican by registering her husband as an independent, uh the Governor and I sat down with her to try to get her to change course and she wasn’t willing to do it, she wasn’t willing to work with any of the Republicans and she put the state Senate at risk, um and because of that, um, she was left off of those slate pieces.”


“She was uh, she was convicted, and she was ordered to pay in the case, she was ordered to pay over $70,000 of restitution to Senator Kate Brophy McGee.”

Of course the courts have never determined any such thing, Lines has to know that there is no fraud that can possibly committed by someone changing their voter registration in order to run in a general election, Syms was never convicted of anything, nor was she ordered to pay restitution to Brophy McGee.

Brophy McGee was awarded legal costs so it may be that Mark Syms might end up on the hook for the $70,000 that Brophy McGee claims to have spent on the various legal fights, but even if you set that aside as possible confusion, Lines’ other claims seem defamatory, deliberate, and dumb.  If the courts agree, Lines and the AZGOP may be on the hook for a substantial amount.

Let it go Chairman Lines.  That fight is over and while you may think you won because Syms lost her seat, the fact is that the Democrats won because they’re the ones who picked it up, along with three other State House seats on your watch.  So maybe spending more time fighting Republicans in District 28 isn’t such a great idea?  How about negotiating an apology and clear retraction and see if the Syms will let you and the party off the hook in return?

[Read Syms v. Lines Complaint]


  1. I like the roll call vote and hope Kelli continues with it. It you can’t show wup to a meeting 1 time a year don’t become a PC. Simple.

  2. Until PROXY votes are limited to 10% per district (or 1 – whichver is greater) there will not be an “honest GOP vote” in AZ. Both meetings confirm this. The meetings of 12 JAN, where over 600 votes FOR and over 300 votes AGAINST with around 300 actual bodies PRESENT voted in 5 amendments that should not have passed. Why was I there (PRESENT) again? (I drove from a visit in CA and attended on my birthday because that was the deal as a PC)
    The 28 JAN meeting “UPSET” because of a roll call vote……..
    We will see. Will Kelly get lynched like one of our elected people last year, unable to do anything?
    CHANGE the PROXY rules (as above) and I will take MY GOP (AZ & MARICOPA) Seriously!

  3. So is Maria Syms a Republican or not, and is
    Brophy McGee still a Republican too ? 🇺🇸🐘🌵

  4. Looks like McCain still has the reign in the Republican Party. He single-handedly ruined the GOP in AZ. The McCain machine needs to be crushed.

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