In these final days leading up to the Aug. 30 Primary Election, telephone surveys are coming at breakneck speed. Each day this past week at least two calls have been received by many registered Republicans asking if the recipient plans to vote and what the likelihood is. The choices were “Certain to vote,” Maybe” or “Not planning to vote.” The next question, the causal connection, relates to the U.S. Senate race here in Arizona. The inquiry begins with “Sen. John McCain” and then asks about “Kelli Ward,” omitting her title. She is a physician — a position that requires years of post graduate education.
The requirements for being a senator are far less rigorous — be at least 30-years old, live in the state you want to represent and U.S. citizenship for a minimum of nine years. Based on the wording of what is described as a “brief survey” it’s not outside of the realm of reasonableness to assume the polling is being conducted by the worried McCain campaign.
A separate sampling asked about the Corporation Commission race. The lead-in gave the names of the candidates and asked which of those running the voter would be casting their ballot for.
It was the follow-up that was the attention grabber reeking of Big Brotherism. “Do you favor the Corporation Commission candidates who run using ‘dark money’ or would you prefer to see them appointed?”
The inference is that all of the candidates are running under a nefarious scheme rather than on in an open election, and that having them appointed rather than elected to those important utility regulatory posts would ensure quality commissioners. No word on who the mysterious appointing body would be, but most of us would rather hang on to our votes than turn them over to those who think they know better than we do what we want.