Seeing Red AZ has previously reported about the duplicitous Tony Bouie and his decision to change his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican a mere five days before filing his intent to run for a District 6 House seat in the GOP dominated district.
Candidate Bouie has been so insistent about his longtime Republican credentials that he recently told the Capitol Times, “In fact, I’ve been a Republican half of my voting life.”
His acquiesce to the open borders crowd has won him unlikely supporters, although the Maricopa County Executive Guidance Committee was not taken in and unanimously endorsed Rep. Sam Crump, running for reelection and candidate Carl Seel, the two Republicans in the race.
Bouie reportedly gave the same longtime Republican story to the editorial board of the Arizona Republic, although he was more candid when announcing his candidacy in June to the elected precinct committeemen of the district he wants to represent, telling them he had been a lifelong Democrat “because my family were all Democrats.”
When that response met with stunned queries from the attendees at the meeting, he was apparently counseled by his advisors to add a bit of embroidery to give his story some appeal.
The problem with weaving tales is remembering who heard which story and losing all semblance of credibility as distrust takes hold. Weren’t we all admonished as children to stick to the truth, regardless of the hardship, for this very reason?
The Sonoran News questions other aspects of Mr. Bouie’s saga.
Today, the North Valley Voice does a fine job of exposing the string of inconsistencies, culminating in revealing the indisputable duplicity of this opportunistic candidate. Bouie now admits to his calculated deception with this press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tony Bouie
August 18, 2008 PHONE: (623) 551-7557
Bouie Clarifies His Historical Party Affiliation
(Anthem, AZ) – There has been much discussion and debate about my former party affiliation while I resided in the state of Florida. While I was playing in the NFL after my college playing days at the University of Arizona, I experienced a political epiphany. After receiving my first check in the NFL, I noticed, from my perspective, an unusual amount of money missing from my check. I remember it being almost half of my gross pay. I marched straight to the head accountant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and asked if there had been some mistake. After he told me there was no miscalculation in the net pay, I decided that my party affiliation should be Republican since they believed in lower taxes. This moment was a culmination is my belief that the Democratic Party no longer represented what I ideologically believed.
Unfortunately, I did not complete the voter registration paperwork to make this switch official. This left my party affiliation officially unchanged. My official party affiliation has not detered (sic) my conservative views on the role of government, education, immigration, 2nd amendment rights or traditional family values.
I hope this clarifies any confusion about my party past.
Tony V. Bouie
Arizona House of Representatives