RIP: AZ Rep. David Burnell Smith

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It is with sadness we report that Republican former state Rep. David Burnell Smith has passed away at age 73.  Take time to read his fascinating biography.

Arrangements are pending. They will be announced here when they become available.

Update: We have been advised that the memorial service for Rep. David Burnell Smith will be private.

In 2006 Rep. Smith, then representing state Legislative District 7, was removed from his office by the unelected “Clean” Elections Commission.  A lawyer, Rep. Smith personally contacted the commission to inform them of a bookkeeping irregularity he discovered that took place during his 2004 primary campaign.

At the time, Rep. David Burnell Smith, a dedicated public servant and a true Southern gentleman, had the dubious distinction of being the only duly elected U. S. office holder so removed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats and an unelected administrative law judge. This quasi-governmental overreach occurred although criminal charges were never filed and no trial was ever held.

 Rep. David Burnell Smith lost by a mere 32 votes in the recent August 26, 2014 Primary Election.

Heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Rita and extended family.

7 Responses to RIP: AZ Rep. David Burnell Smith

  1. GOP PC says:

    I was stunned to read this. Thank you for setting the record straight on Representative David Smith. He was a fine man and dedicated conservative voice. He will be missed.

  2. American Dad says:

    This announcement marks a sad day in Arizona politics. Rep. David Smith was a good and decent man.

    This 2007 SRAZ article also puts what he endured into perspective. Since it wasn’t included in this post, I’m dropping it in as a further reminder of what a slippery system the supposed Clean Elections is. I never vote for anyone who participates in this scam. The way to rid ourselves of it is to have it wither and die from disuse.
    https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/%e2%80%9cwe-should-have-caught-this%e2%80%9d/

  3. Roger says:

    I knew David extremely well. He was my best friend since we were 14 in Charleston, WV. We were roommates twice, and went to both the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado. I got him a role in a movie called “Dead Girls” with Karen Black (a fun experience for us both) and he was a judge for the TV special I produced called “Mom USA.” I am currently a radio talk show host and David was a guest on it 9 different times. He was also informed, engaging, and a favorite of my conservative listeners. I will miss him dearly. He was absolutely one of a kind! Those of you reading this who never knew David, will never know what you missed.

  4. Maggie says:

    Rest in peace, Rep. Smith. May God comfort your wife, friends and family.

  5. StetsonXXX says:

    This announcement marks a sad day in Arizona politics. Rep. David Smith was a good and decent man.
    This 2007 SRAZ article also puts Smith’s career changer into perspective. Since it wasn’t included in this post, I’m dropping it in as a further reminder of what a slippery system the supposed Clean Elections is. I never vote for anyone who participates in this scam. The way to rid ourselves of it is to have it wither and die from disuse.
    https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/%e2%80%9cwe-should-have-caught-this%e2%80%9d/

  6. Hagar says:

    My jaw dropped this morning when I read of David’s passing. It was so unexpected. He was a fine man and loyal American. Rest in Peace “thou good and faithful servant.”

  7. Charlene Hanson-District 15 says:

    With great sorrow that I feel with the passing of a friend like David, that always was so kind,faithful and had great passion when he was in the State House that he so loved doing.May God Bless him and his family. He will never be forgotten by his friends.