Be aware, be wary, don’t be conned again
Liberal songbird Linda Valdez is back on her leftist perch today trilling for open primaries. After all, the deceptive practice worked so well in the recall of her nemesis former Senate President Russell Pearce, author of SB 1070.
Valdez has been on this toot previously, revealing her true motives by declaring open primaries “give candidates a better chance of surviving primary elections,” where the “party faithful favor more extreme candidates.”
Here’s a short lesson, Linda. Primary elections are where citizen voters who align with the principles of the Republican or Democrat parties –- based upon shared values articulated in their individual Platforms — select the candidates they desire to go forward to the General Election and challenge the candidate of the opposing party. We can all be as “independent” as we desire, casting ballots in the General.
But allowing for open primaries neuters the elective process, which is exactly what the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) desires. Last summer, it was Valdez’s cohort Mary Jo Pitzl who was waxing eloquent on the subject, promoting a radical left-of-center group seeking to counter what she referred to as “partisan extremists.” Their goal? Replacing traditional primaries with a single-primary system open to all voters, allowing for the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general election. In the perfect world of Valdez and Pitzl, both would, of course, be Democrats.
The usual suspects are among those who have endorsed this ruthless charade. The coalition is directed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, a life-long Democrat now cloaked as an Independent; Paulina Morris, a losing 2010 GOP candidate for Congress, who leans left; Carolyn Allen, a former Republican state senator who often voted with Democrats and Joe Yuhas one of the state top Democrat strategists. Former Pinnacle West (parent company of AZ Public Service) Chairman Bill Post, earning more than $5 million in retirement compensation, has plenty of time and resources for such erratic dabbling.
Watch for the blitz. We’ve been getting this extremist pablum spoon fed by the República’s two resident liberal mamas as they prime us for the coming barrage. Count on a media onslaught with high dollar campaigns, no doubt proffering a saleable name that has been vetted by focus groups. That’s how we ended up with monstrosities such as the “Citizens Clean Elections Committee” (nothing clean there), “Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission” (Only the gullible regard this as “independent”), Judicial “Merit Selection” (Merit often takes a back seat to other considerations), or a group such as “Planned Parenthood.” (Nowhere does the largest abortion provider admit that its brand of family planning involves killing off a few of the kids). Such names are carefully selected to appeal to busy citizens/voters who buy into the deceptive titles.
Be on the alert. In her post today,Valdez tells us, open primaries are “a much better idea.”