In a “My Turn” column in the daily newspaper, the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick engages in a virtuous-sounding charade, expressing outrage over mailers sent to constituents by members of congress using the franking privilege. (History and background of the practice dating to 1775 can be read in this Congressional Research Service report.)
Hypocrisy reigns in Bolick’s commentary, which aptly contains the words “Shameless self-promotion” in the title. His wife, Shawnna Bolick, just happens to be running for a state House seat in Legislative District 28, and the publicly generated by his 2-page outrage is as good as a mailer without the costs incurred by postage —- the very issue he rails about.
The sub-header reads, “Fiscal conservatives should eliminate practice.” In taking on the franking system, Bolick lobs a few shots at members of the Arizona Congressional delegation, naming GOP U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon and David Schweikert as offenders. He gratuitously throws radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema into the mix for an appearance of balance.
And what a surprise. The white-horsed rider in Bolick’s exemplar is none other than McCain doppelganger Jeff Flake, who coincidentally served as executive director of the Goldwater Institute from 1992 to 2000. This is how Tracy Thomas former Goldwater Institute Chairman described Flake as he endorsed his senate opponent in 2012. It is Flake, alone, Bolick notes, who has repeatedly sponsored bills to rein in franking.
Can we expect Flake to sponsor a bill to rein in columnists with unique surnames from gaining free exposure for their candidate spouses? Not likely. especially in the far-left Arizona Republic that cheerfully published two separate reports castigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—- and written by none other than Clint Bolick. Both were printed simultaneously on the Goldwater site and have since been removed.
Clint Bolick and presidential aspirant Jeb Bush have co-authored a book which is founded on the notion of work-based visas “vastly expanded beyond the current numbers,” and a path to citizenship for guest workers and the so-called DREAMers. These unpopular models disregard the unchecked illegal invasion taking place in the United States and the massive unemployment among our own citizens. Regardless of her campaign rhetoric, Shawnna Bolick’s agenda will surely mirror her husband’s. Watch him and listen closely.
Additional background is contained in these posts:
Dec. 12, 2008: A tale of two mavericks
May 22, 2009: Clint and the Daily: Cozying it up in left field
March 6, 2010: Shawnna Bolick and her friends
March 31, 2010: Goldwater Institute, AZ Republic: A match made in heaven?