Much of the political buzz this past week has centered on word that James Molina was considering dropping out of the race for state senate in Legislative District 19 — sending shockwaves through the East Valley conservative community.
Molina is mounting a substantive challenge to Rep. Rich Crandall, whom we exposed as missing two-thirds of his votes last year — although it turns out the state and his district were better served when he was absent than they were when he was on the job. Knowledgeable East Mesa conservatives have been justifiably distressed by Crandall.
A Constitutionalist with an eye to prioritizing public safety, James Molina has been endorsed by Sen. Russell Pearce, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the reliably conservative PAChyderm Coalition, retiring House Majority leader Sen. Chuck Gray, and Congressional Candidate Rusty Bowers — joined by an impressive list of supporters.
Rumor has it that Crandall was calling Molina on a daily basis, overstating the amount of time it took to be an effective representative — as if Crandall would know — telling him the damage his candidacy was causing in splitting conservatives and encouraging Molina to drop out for the good of the party, his family and his business. After numerous calls, Molina reportedly told Crandall that he would consider his recommendation.
Insiders report the source of the “Molina considering dropping out of the campaign” tripe came directly from Rich Crandall, distributing the story to media in Phoenix and Mesa while attempting to harm Molina‘s campaign by making him appear indecisive. Those familiar with Crandall’s actions at the Capitol the last two years are aware of his penchant for feigned friendships, frequently used to distort privileged information and use it against his “allies.”
The citizens in District 19 and Arizonans statewide deserve better representation than they have received from Rich Crandall.
The Arizona House of Representatives held 382 floor votes during the 2009 regular session. Rep. Rich Crandall didn’t participate in 254 of them – nearly two-thirds of the votes he was elected to cast on behalf of his constituents. Such a lackluster performance is indefensible.
Seeing Red AZ initially exposed his pathetic voting record last January. If anyone should be encouraged to drop out of the senate race, it should be the deceptive phantom legislator Rich Crandall.