Joining the Republic’s boorish clamor, travel expert Arthur Frommer, 80, says he is “shocked beyond measure” by the gun-toting “thugs” and “extremists” in Arizona, and is now refusing to travel to our beautiful state. In his blog, Frommer repeatedly raises the question of a national boycott of the Grand Canyon state.
The Republic used the word “thugs” in yesterday’s editorial, describing Arizonans who openly carry firearms.
“I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there,” he added.
“And therefore I will cancel any plans to vacation or otherwise visit in Arizona until I learn more. And I will begin thinking about whether tourists should safeguard themselves by avoiding stays in Arizona.”
Frommer should stick to recommending cut-rate lodging and occasionally pick up a copy of the U.S. Constitution.
Upon hearing the news of Frommer‘s dismay, Mayor Phil Gordon rushed back to Phoenix from whatever trip he was currently on, to say he planned to call Frommer immediately and invite him to Phoenix to clear up any misperceptions that his city is not safe. “I want to show him the perceptions of what he saw in the news are not a reflection of what Phoenix and the state are all about,” Gordon said.
What a non-surprise to find that Arthur Frommer is a longtime, high-dollar donor to the Democrat Party, giving thousands to the DNC and the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, John Kerry and Bill Clinton. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, another committed liberal, is also a recipient of his generosity. ActBlue has also received funds from Frommer.
No wonder Phil Gordon is currying his favor.
Check Frommer’s contributions out here.