Seeing Red AZ has been informed that at a meeting with the Arizona Republic editorial board last Thursday, Tony Bouie, candidate for a House seat in Legislative District 6, departed from his well rehearsed, consultant-fed script. When asked about the length of time he has actually been a registered Republican, Bouie insisted he was a registered member of the GOP when living in Hillsborough County Florida from 1995 through 1999.
The Capitol Times reports that Bouie stated, “In fact, I’ve been a Republican half of my voting life.” Bouie told the Capitol Times that from 1995 to 2003 he was registered as a Republican. Prior to that, he said, he was a Democrat. The switch back to Democrat in 2003 coincided with his return to Arizona after his pro football days were over and was based on concerns about how a black man would be received by state Republicans, according to the article.
Apparently Tony V. Bouie, the recruited political rookie, is unaware of the fact that Voter Services at the Hillsborough County Elections Department maintains voter history records that are available for public perusal.
The facts stand in stark conflict with the story he told the editorial board and the Capitol Times.
Candidate Bouie’s registration has been called into question when it was revealed that he changed his party affiliation to Republican only five days prior to filing his intention to run for public office.
At the June Republican District 6 meeting, Bouie told the precinct committeemen he had been a lifelong Democrat because his family were all Democrats.
Which is it?