The Arizona Republic and its gaggle of liberal hangers-on would have us believe partisan politics should be a thing of the past — differences in party platforms and positions on the issues be damned. Yet they are also fans of concealing the political bent of the Phoenix mayoral and council candidates during the city election cycles.
Despite the slippery suppression maneuvers, this last time around a few candidates proudly rolled out their credentials. District 2 City Councilman Jim Waring’s signs actually acknowledged he was a Republican and mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright identified herself as a Conservative. Greg Stanton boldly displayed his union support. Is there anyone in Phoenix– not living under a rock — who didn’t know outgoing Mayor Philly Gordon was an unambiguous Democrat?
Now with mayor-elect Greg Stanton, the big-game cat’s outta the bag from day one. Sure, we all know he won with major union support — those reliable folks who turn out en masse for city elections. But even those leftwing ties pale in comparison to getting congratulatory calls from uber-liberals President Barack H. Obama and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now the chieftain of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Stanton is quoted as saying that Obama told him Arizona is an important state to the White House and that he (Obama) looked forward to having a good relationship with (Stanton) as we deal with issues in the state and western United States. Stanton responded by telling Obama “I look forward to having a good working relationship with you, and the White House and our congressional delegation.” Obviously he doesn’t mean the entire delegation.
There you have it folks. Clear as a sunlit morning. Phoenix is in Obama’s sights and Greg Stanton can’t wait to be accommodating.
In a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking after last Tuesday’s election, it was a miscalculation of massive proportions for Wes Gullett’s campaign to tack those “endorsed by the Arizona Republic” snipes on his campaign signs. He might have fared better without that suspect alert to drive away the very voters he needed.