In Friday’s edition of the Roundup, the paper published an article titled Rim Country Lawmakers Seek to Overturn Certified Election Results authored by Pete Aleshire.

[Click here to read the entire article]

Several of the sentences in the article were complete fabrications and false statements which were intentionally designed to malign and damage the reputation of the Gila County Republican Party. Pete did not interview me for the article (which would seem to be good journalist practice for such a significant story). The words used cannot be found anywhere in the copy of the Gila County Republican Party’s Resolution that was sent the Roundup on December 8th nor anyplace on Republican Party’s website.

Gila County Republican Party Chairman Gary Morris wrote a complaint letter to the Roundup newspaper.

[Click here to read the complaint letter to the Roundup and Pete Aleshire’s response at the end.]

Please note the yellow highlighted paragraphs in the article where Pete creates falsehoods.

Gary Morris, Chairman, Gila County Republican Party

Payson Roundup Response:

A reporting error in a story about efforts to challenge the election mistakenly attributed remarks by “Friendly Farmer” writing for COMMONSENSE to a resolution by the Gila County Republican Party.  The party did adopt a resolution calling for the legislature to pick presidential electors who support Donald Trump and investigate election irregularities. However, the Gila County Republican Party resolution did not assert “the stench of fraud surrounds our election” or harshly criticize Gov. Doug Ducey and the late Sen. John McCain as stated in the story. The error occurred when reporter Peter Aleshire mistakenly combined the two documents. The Roundup regrets the error.

The Gila County Republican Committee appreciates the Roundup newspapers public recognition of the papers error. The Committee is also pleased that the Roundup also published the correction in the newspaper on December 18th, page 2, bottom right