Too close for comfort
Andy McCain, the son of John McCain, has recently taken over the reins of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, as the new chairman.
The younger McCain is the vice president and chief financial officer of his step-mother’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, Hensley & Co.
Check out this interesting statement from Andy McCain, which sounds more like a threat than a promise:
“Because of the recent downturn, businesses have concerns about what the future holds for them. We are actively representing our member’s interests at the Legislature and look forward to a sensible resolution of the State budget. Then we will turn our attention to the fall elections and our endorsement process. We’ll be engaging our member businesses in supporting the local candidates and initiatives that most closely align with our priorities.”
Remember the threats of retribution against the legislators who supported the employer sanctions law? It is not a quirk that Rep. Russell Pearce (R-Dist. 18) is being challenged by the brother-in-law of Congressman Jeff Flake, as Pearce campaigns for a state senate seat.
A new Chamber of Commerce board member is Scott Celley, who served as Regional Director for Senator Jon Kyl. And the biggest surprise of all is the fact that Celley worked eight years on the D.C. staff of Sen. John McCain. Will wonders never cease?
Now we read that lobbyist Jay Kaprosy, a member of the School District Redistricting Commission, is resigning his post in order to spearhead a political campaign. Scheduled for the November 4 ballot, the school district unification measure carries the catchy name Maricopa County Unified for Student Success.
Here comes another Aha! moment: Jay Kaprosy has served as one of the top officials at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, heading the business group’s lobbying efforts. No surprise — he was a fierce opponent of Prop. 200, the voting reform measures passed into law by 56% of Arizona citizens in 2004. The law requires proof of residency to vote and proof of citizenship prior to registering to vote or applying for public benefits. The measure was opposed by Gov. Janet Napolitano and AZ Sens John McCain and Jon Kyl.
Kaprosy also lobbied on behalf of former state schools Superintendent Lisa Graham Keegan, who is now an education advisor to presidential candidate and Andy’s father, John McCain.
Who’d a guessed?