The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic can be forgiven for having the misconception that there is a clamor for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s head on a platter.
Whenever its target is a Republican, the liberal newspaper shifts into high gear, engaging in the multi-pronged, gang-like, drive-by it has honed to an art form. Biased articles passing as news, are followed by more skew at the hands of the two looney left columnists Roberts and Montini and inky deceit by cartoonist Steve Benson. At issue are the long lines and inadequate number of polling places available for voters, some of whom waited for hours to participate in Arizona’s presidential preference election. Statewide, Republican and Democrat voters ultimately supported Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Most used mail in ballots.
Purcell has held the office that maintains voter registration for nearly 2,000,000 registered voters and administers the Elections Department for 28 years. When the snafu occurred, she faced angry mobs calling for her resignation. Purcell apologized and took “full responsibility,“ but that wasn’t nearly good enough. They wanted far more.
“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault.”
The left was not placated. The identity throng began its racket, claiming Purcell purposely engaged in minority voter suppression — and as if on cue in today’s hooligan environment, began calling for her resignation or recall. In Soros-like fashion, angry mobs sprung up in legislative chambers and on valley streets.
Purcell rightly dug in her heels as protesters congregated outside her Phoenix office. “I’m not going to resign,” she stated. “The electorate is free to do whatever they want to do.”
Phoenix’ leftist Mayor Greg Stanton, hopped onboard this political gravy train, issuing a request for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation, alleging Anglo communities had more polling sites per resident.
On the heels of that absurdity, a bizarre rumor erupted, claiming Republican Purcell was secretly working for Hillary Clinton since her late husband Joe Purcell was Bill Clinton’s former Arkansas Lt. Governor. The entire story turned out to be preposterous fabrication.
The woman who has won numerous awards for her professionalism is now facing challengers, including one with no experience in the field who calls her an “epic failure.”
The actual issue that drives the rabble is they see this as the opportunity to seize the primary elections from the parties that actually field candidates. This was Robert Robb, showing some spine on the open primary in July 2012. He called it “another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules,” adding, “The purpose …should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona.” By Feb. 2016, Robb had developed job security linked amnesia.