The daily does it again. Just when it seems the editorialists have exhausted their machinations and trickery, they come up with yet another stunner. In Sunday’s edition it was their “Best pick to lead Phoenix.”
Even newcomers with no sense of the city’s history will be moved to question the choice, solely based on the words extolling John McCain’s longtime strategist and lobbyist. The newspaper actually describes Wes Gullett using these convoluted terms: “He is slightly right-of-center in his politics, a moderate who promises to make the difficult reforms necessary to bring the city budget in line.”
With only four words separating them he goes from “right-of-center” to “moderate.” Someone must have been writing at breakneck speed — to meet a deadline or a hot date. The oddity does serve a purpose. It makes crystal clear that the Republic’s endorsements aren’t worth the paper upon which they are written.
And given that the city budget became skewed out of line with Gullett’s wife serving as chief of staff to the current food-taxing and spending spreely Democrat Mayor Phil Gordon, the entire premise of the endorsement and his outsider status is exposed as comedic. Wes Gullett worked with the leftist Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which organized the boycott of Arizona in the wake of passage of SB 1070.
The editorialist, who has the temerity to call him an “outsider” even cautions Gullett against slipping too easily into the role of an insider.
Not to worry. He’s already there.
Adding to the liberal newspaper’s endorsement, McCain signed on with Gullett. And why not? Gullett has built a career on pushing the McCain agenda. Although a registered Republican, Wes Gullett is known in GOP circles as an uber-liberal.
Longtime readers will remember the disgraceful list of Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) during her last gubernatorial campaign. It was heavy with McCain aides and staffers, unwilling to support the Republican candidate. It’s not much of a surprise, but left-of-center Wes Gullett’s name is prominently displayed on the list. We post it below. A double click will enlarge the type for ease in readability.
Seeing Red AZ recommends Jennifer Wright for Phoenix Mayor. Although a Phoenix native, she actually is an “outsider” from the standpoint of not having created the current situation as the former council members now running for mayor have. Jennifer Wright is an economist and a lawyer who worked at the Goldwater Institute and Institute for Justice — and has Tea Party backing.
Check out Wes Gullett on the shameful “Republicans for Janet” listing.