Today the Daily Endeavor, sometimes known as the state’s newspaper of record, provides embattled mayoral candidate Greg Stanton his very own forum. It’s the least they can do to try to help the liberal Democrat who is now in the throes of distress.
In his commentary Back a hopeful for mayor with strong record, Stanton is able to tout his hopes, dreams and sundry aspirations, interestingly omitting his odd connections to the Shields’ family — both father and daughter. He also does a nice soft shoe around his union connections and stated support for issues such as the massive city pay increases during a time of economic distress. The city of Phoenix even taxed citizens’ food to crank up the money machine to fund the unconscionable raises and retention bonuses for its workers.
Will the newspaper afford the other candidates this same opportunity to sell their candidacies?
Yesterday the newspaper even wrote an editorial titled “Stanton suffers in legal morass,” in which it clearly defined its own suffering, which appears to equal – if not surpassing – Stanton’s own.
For those who like living in a Sanctuary City for illegals — Stanton, who stood in opposition to SB 1070 — is your guy. Stanton was endorsed by the Maricopa Area Labor Federation, a group affiliated with the AFL-CIO, which also opposed SB 1070. Due to that stance, he won the endorsement of the leaders of Arizona’s boycott: The United Food and Commercial Workers Union. No wonder the newspaper has a soft spot in its heart for him.
Since this post was written, in an obvious move to win over Stanton’s liberal voters, the Arizona Republic did an about-face and endorsed Wes McGullett.