Just when it appears we’ve seen it all, raw political machinations continue to amaze. Kate Brophy McGee has sent out this announcement heralding what she terms her “key Phoenix City Council endorsements.”
The incumbent council members ooze with compliments for the Republicrat Legislative District 28 incumbent House member —- despite the fact that during her tenure McGee has made a habit of jumping ship from the Republican caucus to repeatedly vote with the Democrats.
If you’re wondering why council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates, Jim Waring and Thelda Williams have all joined in slobbering effusive praise on McGee although there are three Republicans running in the district, look no further than the connective “Mc” before her surname.
Pull back the curtain to reveal master puppeteer John McCain. His aides lobbied on behalf of Bill Gates initially getting appointed to his city council post, although the team was not so chummy back in 2009, when Thelda Williams voted against Gates’ appointment.
Waring served McCain as a former staffer, and in this Arizona Republic election questionnaire refers to one of McCain’s quotes as the best piece of political advice Waring says he’s ever received: “Use your judgment,” McCain told Waring. “If it’s no good, you won’t be in office very long, anyway.”
Not to be outdone, last November, councilman Sal DiCiccio, another former McCain staffer, followed his mentor’s lead, as seen here, Waring, getting the message, dutifully hopped on the endorsement bandwagon as well —- although none of the endorsements helped perennial candidate Martin Sepulveda, then running for state treasurer.
The cunning DiCiccio credits his teacher and mentor, liberal former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, who required his students to attend Tempe City Council meetings, with originally planting the seeds of interest in politics.
Joining in these McCain approved united endorsements of McGee indicate obediently falling in (Mc)line overrides the conservative Republican ideology these council members purported to represent on the Phoenix City Council.
The knotty conundrum facing conservatives voters in LD 28 is that none of the three Republicrats running are worthy of support.