Democrat Greg Stanton was sworn in as Phoenix’s 52nd mayor this past Tuesday. In his speech, he promised those often repeated but elusive qualities of “transparency, openness and inclusion.”
Talk is cheap. His oversized transition team, which he claims “looks like Phoenix,” doesn’t.
“Over the past year, I came to understand that not everyone was in my corner,” he solemnly acknowledged . “But for the next four years, I will be in your corner.”
“Especially,” we imagine him mumbling under his breath, “if you’re a far-left Democrat or unionist.”
Greg Stanton has been exposed for the unsavory company he keeps. Read more here. Yet after winning the election, his phone was ringing off the hook with congratulatory calls from uber-liberals. President Barack H. Obama and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, now the chieftain of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressed their elation.
A giddy Stanton was 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.”
Only the delusional would think he meant the entire delegation.
There you have it folks. Clear as a bright, sunlit morning. Phoenix is in Obama’s sights and Greg Stanton can’t wait to be accommodating.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the AFL-CIO’s Maricopa Area Labor Federation, America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, Iron Workers Local 75 Political PAC, — along with numerous other unions — have long supported Greg Stanton. And for his part, Stanton has been a longtime supporter of big labor. It’s a perfect fit.
Look for the union label.