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, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce whips off a scathing letter to the onetime commissioner. Hamer is remembered as the AZ GOP executive director who, immediately after leaving that post, fronted the Chamber’s endorsement of Janet Napolitano for governor.
But Hamer wasn’t content to let Wong know how the group he fronts for feels. He grandstands with this “open letter.”
The AZ Chamber has long been known for its penchant for non-enforcement of our immigration laws. The group’s endorsements reflect that bias, as does the new chairman and slate of officers released today.
The McCain connection is all too evident, with the Vice Chairman of Membership: Doug Yonko. If Yonko’s name is unfamiliar, we provide this bit of information: He is the Vice President of Communications at Hensley & Company — Cindy McCain’s Anheuser-Busch wholesale beer distributorship, one of the largest in the United States.
Recently the Arizona Chamber released its candidate endorsements for the state House and Senate. The business group endorsed 52 candidates – 17 Senate and 35 House candidates – who they said share the Chamber’s “pro-business, free-market agenda.”
“Whether they’re a Republican or a Democrat, the candidates we’ve endorsed all share a belief in free markets and a commitment to growing Arizona’s economy by creating a tax and regulatory environment that attracts good jobs to the state.”
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.
How difficult is it to read their real agenda between those few lines?