Fill-in radio host Barry Markson lacks crucial information, but keeps talking
Barry Markson revels in being a fill-in radio talk show host on KFYI News Talk radio. In his day job he toils as a defense lawyer who dabbles in a variety of specialties, among them “bad faith” cases. That’s his description, not ours.
It appears he was displaying a fair amount of ‘bad faith” himself Monday as he defended John McCain from what he considers an unreasonable assault by the majority of the 1,006 Republican elected Maricopa County precinct committeemen — carrying 989 proxies — attending the statutory meeting over the weekend. They voted to pass the “Anybody BUT Sen. John McCain” resolution by an overwhelming margin of 61 percent.
Markson, tweeting out this disparaging message, contends that since McCain wins every election, the PCs don’t represent the voters.
Actually there is no one who better represents the voters than precinct committeemen. They are elected by neighbors in their own precincts and are therefore closer to the pulse of the electorate than any city, county or statewide office holder. Committeemen are active and attuned to current political events. When was the last time your member of congress came to your door for a chat? U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have a propensity for holding closed-door, invitation only town halls intended to exclude voters.
In 2014, McCain was censured by the state committeemen elected within their legislative districts. Over 1,200 assembled at the annual statutory meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party. McCain retaliated by colluding with an out-of-state Obama donor to purge the conservatives from their elected posts. Those who were ousted were surprised to find that the McCain replacements never bothered to show up at the monthly district meetings or engage in the heavy lifting political work required of the unpaid committeemen.
Markson’s assertion displays his lack of basic understanding of the role of the party activists. If he was paying attention he would have no question as to why the leftist McCain is reviled. The paradox exists because the majority of the public is disengaged until just prior to elections. In the remote corners of their consciousness is the bombardment of pro-McCain propaganda such as Barry Markson doles out. Voters are familiar with McCain’s name but not his deceptive actions and relentless push for amnesty for America’s illegal invaders. As examples, few are aware of McCain’s ties to the disreputable George Soros. How many know that he was poised to support “rock star” Hillary?
It is not without reason John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day and is running for another SIX-YEAR term, comes in at number six on the list of most vulnerable U.S. Senators on the 2016 ballot. Conservative Review gives him a big fat “F” and Senate Conservatives Fund devotes a page to “Replace John McCain.”
Arizona Republican PCs do not stand alone, Barry Markson.