Newspaper calls their own misdirection play
The daily has made its endorsement in the District 6 state legislative race. Although the newspaper gets it right with strong conservative Rep. Sam Crump, it falls far short on assessing candidates for the open seat, Carl Seel and his ethically challenged opponent, Tony Bouie.
The paper, in attempting to malign Carl Seel’s involvement with the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, actually reveals how in sync Seel is with 75% of voters who passed restrictive illegal immigration legislation.
Seel, immediate past chairman of the conservative PAChyderm Coalition, is in good company, since the monthly meetings are routinely attended by a large number of state Republican legislators. Congressman Trent Franks was a recent guest, as was Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb, who just addressed the August meeting.
The daily refers to Seel as a “political newcomer in the sense that he has never been elected to office…” This is an inane assertion, considering Seel currently serves as an officer of the Arizona Republican Party and is an elected state and precinct committeeman. A tireless grassroots GOP worker, Seel has personally recruited over one-third of the entire membership of the precinct committeemen in his legislative district.
Tony Bouie, as a lifelong Democrat has only recently attended two Republican district meetings. First, in June, where he astonishingly announced his intention to run for a House seat and again last week where he was pressured to participate in a candidate forum at which he was ill-prepared to address fundamental Republican principles. A former football player, he constantly referred to his familiarity with the game to draw political analogies.
Bouie refused to attend the Clean Elections debate in which Rep. Sam Crump and Carl Seel participated. Bouie did attend one community debate at which he lied to the voters and withheld other pertinent information.
It is preposterous that the Republic makes this questionable endorsement after having documented his many lies during his interview with them and the Capitol Times.
With today’s endorsement the daily newspaper excuses Bouie’s foreclosure, quarter million dollar bankruptcy and run-ins with the law.
“Traditional Republican values” has comically now become a concern of the left-leaning Arizona Republic.