Whadda’ya think? Is Barry Wong?

Barry Wong, a lawyer, former member of the Corporation Commission and four-term state legislator, is currently running for a seat on the utility regulatory board. In 2006, he was appointed by then-Gov. Napolitano to fill a vacancy on the commission.

During a campaign interview with the daily, Wong asserted that if elected, he would require regulated utilities to check the immigration status of customers, a move he says would keep costs down for other customers.

A Phoenix native, Wong is an American-born son of Chinese immigrant parents, and is not unfamiliar with issues involving immigrants. The issue is those here illegally.

Should Wong win election, his request would be sufficient to begin a study of the idea and put the issue before the full commission. Passage of the proposal requires only two other votes on the five-member board.

“I’m sure there will be criticism about human-rights violations,” Wong said of his utility proposal. “Is power or natural gas or any type of utility we regulate, is that a right that people have? It is not a right. It is a service.”

Corporation Commission members have constitutional authority to regulate state utilities. Six candidates are vying for two statewide seats are up for election this year. In addition to Barry Wong, the Republicans in the race are Brenda Burns and Gary Pierce.

11 Responses to Whadda’ya think? Is Barry Wong?

  1. Ray says:

    I think Wong is right on this issue. Whether there is any way to implement this is another question.

  2. Calypso says:

    Ray: Wong’s not right on much else. Why do you think he passed muster with Napolitano? He was the rare republican she could stomach.

  3. wright2b says:

    I like the idea myself!!

  4. Ajo Joe says:

    This should go in best headline of the year folder. I laughed at loud after I read it through twice!

  5. LD20er says:

    Even if Barry Wong isn’t elected, he’s put a concept on the table that we can press other Commissioners to act on.

    Whether it’s passed is almost secondary. It’s another cost of illegal aliens that until now hasn’t been recognized. Many accomodations to the illegals weren’t granted the first time–they persisted.

    SB1070 wasn’t passed the first time either, but our side persisted.

    By all means, let’s put it to the other two candidates and let them think there’s competition for anti-illegal alien votes.

    The more hostile Arizona is for illegals, the less likely they are to stay. Whether they return home or go to some pro-illegal state like California, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico or Pennsylvania makes no difference.

    We just want them out of Arizona.

  6. pgillenw says:

    Interesting idea. Mr. Wong apparently knows what side the butter is on. I agree with Ray there may not be a legal way to implement his idea. All though a quick research online suggests that power companies do turn off power when a customer does not pay their bills.

    Power companies usually have an assistance program for low income people. This may be the loop hole. Offering assistance to Illegals may not be legal.

  7. […] by AZ Chamber open border enthusiasts Right on the heels of Corporation Commission candidate Barry Wong’s suggestion that regulated utilities be required to check the immigration status of customers, Glen Hamer, […]

  8. Kathy says:

    Wong is RIGHT!

  9. Realist says:

    Call me cynical, buttt…Barry must have found out he had no chance of winning.

    What took him so long?

  10. Norlene says:

    Wong couldn’t be more right any thing we can do to help the mass exodus of Illegals is OK with me. And if it helps to lower our utilities in anyway it is a major plus. I’m sure we are picking up the tabs on many of the past due bills from Illegals who don’t pay and just move to another place under another phony name. the utilities will recoup their losses by passing along their losses to those who do pay.

  11. pete says:

    “To deny someone access to electricity based on his or her immigration status is not only a wrongheaded policy proposal, it’s just cruel.”

    Let’s hope that other AZ officials feel the same way Hamer does. Barry Wong, please go away. As. Soon. As. Possible. Now!!!