Bet’ya thought Wilcox was elected to serve all of the people in District 5
Where to begin? There is an undeniable temptation to just to put up the press release from Richard de Uriarte, the Communications Manager for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follow the advice most of us received from our mothers about saying nice things or keeping our mouths shut. But this site is not a repository for press releases and saying nothing at all will not suffice in this case.
When de Uriarte toiled at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), “minority issues and immigration” were among his duties, so this item would be right up his alley. His earlier press release announced that Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has been awarded an international award from the Foreign Relations Secretariat of Mexico. The Premio Ohtli was awarded by the Instituto de los Mexicanos en la Exterior. The Mexican government created the award to recognize persons who have “promoted the prosperity of members of the Mexican community beyond Mexico’s political borders.”
The press release dated yesterday says Wilcox will be honored this Saturday in ceremonies sponsored by the Mexican Consul General’s Office and the City of Phoenix. A reception will be held at Phoenix City Hall, followed by the official celebration of Mexican Independence Day at the downtown Phoenix Orpheum Theatre.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive recognition from the Mexican government in our fight for human and civil rights for all people in Arizona,” gushed Wilcox.
How intriguing to hear that Mexico is concerned about ALL people in Arizona, but somehow we doubt it, Mary Rose. Ohtli has already been described by de Uriarte as being Hispanic ethno centric.
Wilcox’s concern for her actual constituents was highlighted when the Supervisors voted last month not to increase the property tax rate on Maricopa County citizens struggling in the worst economy in decades. It was Mary Rose who cast the lone dissenting vote.
Among the accolades the Mexican government heaped on Wilcox, this stands out: “She has been in the forefront in the push for comprehensive immigration reform.”
No wonder Mexico is honoring her. John McCain, Jon Kyl and wannabe Kyl successor Jeff Flake should be receiving their awards any day now.