Arizona Republic mum on “political lynching”
Who could forget the egocentric Jarrett Maupin, II, who as an Al Sharpton protégé found himself in a bit of trouble and was arrested back in 2008 for false reporting after he lied to both the FBI and the Sheriff about allegations involving then-Mayor Phil Gordon?
Maupin ran against Gordon in the mayoral race but was tossed off the ballot after the Maricopa County Clerk’s Office determined that nearly 185 of the signatures gathered to ensure Maupin’s spot on the ballot were illegally collected by felons. Later in 2011, the sterling Maupin served time in federal custody for violating the terms of his probation in the 2009 conviction, and was given 36 months of supervised probation upon release.
Now, like his mentor, Sharpton, notorious for his involvement the infamous Tawana Brawley case, the disgraced Maupin has taken up the loathsome mantle of race-baiting, interjecting himself into the District 8 Phoenix City Council race.
Maupin flings the entire can of garbage at Kate Gallego, a woman who has the temerity to think she has the right as an American citizen and resident of Phoenix to run for a council seat that some in the black community think they own. In an inane effort to out her as a non-minority, Maupin even hyphenates her Hispanic married name with her maiden name, a practice she does not appear to follow, to expose “who she really is.”
As we pointed out recently, when she was being hammered for her ethnicity and skin color by former city councilman Calvin Goode, Kate Gallego is married to state Representative Ruben Gallego. Both are Democrats.
Seeing Red AZ is a politically conservative site, not in the business of giving aid and comfort to Dems. However, the vicious assaults on this woman are reprehensible, and standing by in silence would be condoning this despicable behavior. We would be remiss not acknowledging that fact, regardless of ethnicity or party affiliation.
To complicate this sordid mess, Maupin, who fashions himself as a civil rights leader and a minister, is livid because Councilman Michael Nowakowski, a Hispanic with a Polish surname, has endorsed Kate Gallego — who is neither black nor Hispanic. Maupin is goading him to “do the right thing and withdraw his endorsement of Kate Widland-Gallego.” Maupin chides Nowakowski to “support black leadership and promote diversity,” and calls Gallego a “white sham candidate in brown face,” “an interloping political puppet,“ (albeit with a degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania) and “a white political patsy.” He also refers to her as “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white.”
If that’s not stomach-turning enough, Maupin accuses Councilman Nowakowski of “practicing the politics of racial exploitation and engaging in the attempted political lynching of Phoenix’ black community.”
“Lynching?” Now there’s a hot button term intended to dredge up some vicious acts, although it’s clear this lynching is in reverse.
Unless we’ve missed it, not a word from the illustrious Arizona Republic newspaper on this outrageous behavior directed at Kate Gallego. Would the silence be so deafening if she were not a “white sham candidate in brown face?”
Since this was written, Kate Gallego divorced Ruben Gallego while pregnant with their first child. Ruben Gallego is now a congressman representing AZ’s Seventh Congressional District in Washington, D.C.