The question Where’s Waldo? arises from a series of children’s books in which readers are challenged to locate an adventurer named Waldo hidden in a scene. Looking at his website and campaign literature, it’s easy to confuse AZ U.S. Senate candidate Alex Meluskey with the kiddie cartoon character.
Search as we might, we were unable to locate the word “Republican” or even the elephant logo on either the candidate’s website or flyers.
He showed up at the January Arizona Republican Mandatory Meeting, but he could just as well have attended the Democrat soiree and handed out the same glossy but neutered double sided campaign pieces — since his party identification was MIA. Meluskey further compounds the error in judgment with his slogan, Principles, NOT Politics, implying that Republicans office seekers lack a moral compass. Tsk. Tsk, Alex.
If Meluskey’s “Endorsement “page is an example of his clear thinking, he’s in trouble. Major General Paul E. Vallely’s exact endorsement is repeated three times with women pictured alongside two of the repeats. His “Issues” page features an item marked “Immigration,” to which Meluskey devotes all of four sentences and uses the word “flawed” twice. We remind Meluskey the United States of America has one of the most generous legal immigration systems in the industrialized world. It is not “flawed.” The only thing “flawed,” is the will to enforce it.The Chamber of Commerce lobbyists who funnel donations to candidates and elected officials, prefer the influx of cheap, exploitable labor which, in turn, lines the pockets of the illegal profiteer members.
Meluskey’s trite attempts at addressing serious issues gives rise to the idea that he might well be McCain’s 2016 version of Jimmie Lee Deakin, regarded by many as a vote-splitting plant intended to aid the unpopular McCain. McCain who will be 80 by Election Day is running for another six-year term. You do the math.
Meluskey’s “Campaign Team” and “Coalitions” pages each promise to be “coming soon!” Few will be holding their breath. Nowhere on his site is the word “Republican,” even where he says he’s an elected precinct committeeman. Meluskey appears ashamed of the party whose ballot he will be on. He ought to run as an Independent openly appealing to those whose votes he appears to be currying.
The most his campaign will accomplish is aiding and abetting John McCain, whom he claims to be running against.
That’s known as a ringer.