Firefighter’s union opts for Greg Stanton, food tax

Debate tonight: 6:30 pm Virginia Piper Auditorium, 600 E. Van Buren

There’s a harsh truth about those folks in the shiny red trucks. Yes, they put out fires and provide emergency care. Their jobs can be risky, but so are those of law enforcement officers, our military and border patrol agents.  They also work half the time you do, get great benefits and love the unions that fight to provide all of the largess. When vacancies exist in the department, lines are long with those wanting desperately to be selected as newly hired recruits.

The firefighters have a mega presence at city hall.  They often have one of their own — or at least a relative — on the council. Lobbyist and former firefighter union boss Billy Shields and Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan are well known to the council members. Mayor Philly Gordon even endorsed Khan’s sister Maria Baier for the council seat she held. Baier also got an assist from her good friend Janet Napolitano — a nice quid pro quo for Baier signing on to the infamousRepublicans for Janet website.  And firefighter union president Bryan Jeffries, a Phoenix resident who works in Mesa, was appointed to fill out the remainder of District 2 member Peggy Neely’s term when she resigned to run for mayor.  He lost his primary election bid to retain that seat.

Mayoral candidate Wes Gullett signed on with Napolitano, also.  Those familiar with this site know he was not our first choice. But given the options in this runoff, we have made the realistic decision that an iffy Republican, especially one pledged to support SB 1070 and dismantle the food tax, is better than a radical liberal who will have at least four years to do insurmountable damage.

Now we hear that the firefighters are calling Phoenix mayoral candidate Wes Gullett “reckless and irresponsible” for his stated opposition to Phoenix’s outrageous food tax. The union will endorse Democrat Greg Stanton in the runoff election for Phoenix Mayor.

In the primary, former councilman Claude Mattox was the top pick of the firefighter’s union. The firefighters want that tax on your food to continue. Gullett does not.  Stanton refuses to commit to lifting the tax. He was off the council at the time it was passed, but stated he would have voted for it if he had the opportunity.  It raised $28 million while the City of Phoenix simultaneously and unconscionably paid out $28.9 million to city employees as performance pay raises and longevity bonusesGifting retention bonuses when people are counting their blessings to have jobs is preposterous.

Unions being what they are, throw their support to liberal Democrats. Lawyer Greg Stanton, who called for the dropping of charges against firefighter union honcho Billy Shields’ thieving daughter Mindy, and came out in opposition to SB 1070, is the union’s guy. He is not ours.

A mayoral debate is scheduled this evening, Tuesday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. UA College of Medicine, Virginia G. Piper Auditorium in Phoenix, 600 East Van Buren St. (map)

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8 Responses to Firefighter’s union opts for Greg Stanton, food tax

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Wes Gullett leaves a lot to be desired, but he looks a whole lot less dingy when paired with sleaze Stanton. One of the two will lead the city. Gullett is the obvious choice given the nearly unpalatable menu selection.

  2. Braveheart says:

    Liberal unionist Jeffries was endorsed by the usual RINOs Paulina Vasquez Morris, Grant Woods, Rick Romley, perennial losing candidate Jon Altmann, and the homosexual network, with the benign sounding name, Equality AZ
    http://www.equalityarizona.org/2011/05/417/
    What a group!

    Let’s hope the voters are smart enough to figure out who’s behind Greg Stanton and show him the door as they did with Jefferies.

  3. Jane says:

    Thnx SR for saying what so many have felt about firefighter unions. We all know the food tax is a sham that does nothing for fire safety in Phoenix. The food tax is disgusting and any group that supports it deserves a scarlet letter.

    I’m not impressed with Wes Gullet at this point but if he delivers on scrapping this food tax, upholding SB1070 and cleaning up crime this city, I promise I won’t run against him in four years.

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      Jane:
      Count me in as also “not impressed” with Gullett, but we better be smart and cut our losses as best we can. I can guarantee you that Greg Stanton is far worse.

    • Realist says:

      Jane,
      Better start lacing up your running shoes.

  4. Army Of One says:

    I noticed that Mindy “Sticky Fingers” Shields only got a year probabtion and not a minute of jail time for stealing nearly $80,000 from Greg Stanton’s campaign treasury. Do you think any of us would fair that well for perpetrating the same criminal act? Somehow I doubt it.

  5. garvan says:

    Some day taxpayers will become aware of the elephant in the living room: the fact that Rural/Metro puts out fires for half the cost of the Phoenix Fire Department.

    Even liberals realize that the fire budget is a huge part of the Phx city budget.

    What’s more, the unconscionable, regressive food tax hits everyone.

    Isn’t it time someone started beating the drum for the tax savings a reform of the FD would bring?

  6. […] Seeing Red AZ also highlights Stanton’s serious union issues. The firefighters have a mega presence at city hall.  They often have one of their own — or at least a relative — on the council. Lobbyist and former firefighter union boss Billy Shields and Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan are well known to the council members. Mayor Philly Gordon even endorsed Khan’s sister Maria Baier for the council seat she held. Baier also got an assist from her good friend Janet Napolitano — a nice quid pro quo for Baier signing on to the infamous ‘Republicans for Janet’ website.  And firefighter union president Bryan Jeffries, a Phoenix resident who works in Mesa, was appointed to fill out the remainder of District 2 member Peggy Neely’s term when she resigned to run for mayor.  He lost his primary election bid to retain that seat. . . . […]