Mudslinger in Dist. 3 Council runoff has familiar fingerprint

When it comes to the ability to run dirty, deceptive campaigns, no one does a better job than John McCain, who has honed his contemptible adeptness over decades. When a credible challenger comes within range, there is no trickery too low for him and his surrogates to engage in.

Phoenix residents who live in City Council District 3 (map) —  which encompasses Moon Valley, parts of  North East Phoenix,  Paradise Valley and Sunnyslope — are now getting a taste of those repugnant tactics as a March 14 runoff election approaches.

A bit of background. After seven years on the job, Dist. 3 Councilman Bill Gates resigned May 31 to run for a newly open seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors when Andy Kunasek retired.

The council, which had several candidates to select from for the interim post, chose liberal Democrat Debra Stark to replace Republican and fiscal conservative Bill Gates. Chris DeRose was the only Republican in the mix, but the fallacy of non-partisan city elections persists. Nothing could be further from the truth. When Greg Stanton was elected mayor in 2011, he received a congratulatory call from then-Pres. Barack Obama and Homeland Insecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano. Stanton has already filed to run for Secretary of State, frequently a dependable path to the governor’s office.

Candidate mailers have been increasing in intensity, filling mailboxes at breakneck speed. Most recently Stark’s campaign flyers have morphed into vicious, defamatory hit pieces, hurling incendiary language. The most recent ones carry the “paid for by” tag of a benign sounding group identified as The Arizona Voter Education Project (AVEP).  A check of the Arizona Corporation Commission records reveals delinquent annual reports including associated filing fees and threats of dissolving the corporation were filed against AVEP in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

And who is the man behind the curtain? None other than Max Fose, the President and CEO of IWS, a one-man show advertising and public affairs agency. And wouldn’t you know?  Fose is a former McCain operative, whose name appeared on the “Republicans for Janet” (Napolitano) website, along with other McCain advisers.

Chris DeRose, whose principled mailers feature his qualifications and positions, is endorsed by Congressman David Schweikert who represents much of City Council Dist. 3, Gov. Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and City Councilmen Jim Warning and Sal DiCiccio — all Republicans.

Memo to District 3 residents: If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, mark it for Republican Chris DeRose and get it in the mail ASAP. Republicans should not be in the minority on the Phoenix City Council in “red” Arizona.

7 Responses to Mudslinger in Dist. 3 Council runoff has familiar fingerprint

  1. State Delegate says:

    One of the pearls of wisdom my parents instilled in us as children, was “you’re known by the company you keep.” I’ve thought of that adage often over the years and taught it to my own children and now theirs.
    I’d say it applies here.

  2. MacBeth says:

    I’ve saved some of the McCain mailers in which he accused his last opponent of aiding ISIS terrorists. She was a conservative state senator, whose purview didn’t include international issues and she certainly wouldn’t have aided murderous terrorists, regardless. She’s a physician and the wife of a US military officer who served several tours of duty in war zones. Truth has never mattered to McCain and by association with him and his campaigns, neither does it matter to his political cohorts. Nothing he or his current or former associates do surprises me.

  3. Maggie says:

    Republicans who live in Dist. 3 have but one choice and that’s Chris DeRose. Turning the City of Phoenix over to the Dems is destructive to us all.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    At a newsstand in the airport I noticed that Harpers Magazine had a splashy red, white and blue cover featuring a cowboy on a bucking horse. No, it had nothing to do with patriotism—at least, not as we know it.

    The current edition of Harpers is a “guide to turning your red state blue”. And they are laser-focused on Texas.

    Meanwhile, in Santa Cruz County, AZ, the 73 year old sheriff in office for decades, Mr. Estrada, has achieved his 15 minutes of fame. He is featured in USA Today as being a vocal opponent to Trump and the border wall.

    McCain no doubt is giving encouragement in some form to
    the so-called lawman in Santa Cruz County.

    These two persons are the exact reason that we need term limits.

    Here’s the story, as it was linked on today:

    Arizona has so suffered so many black eyes —probably the reason that we seem to be so blind.

    • Tucson GOP says:

      I read the USA Today article featuring DEMOCRAT sheriff Estrada, who is himself an illegal. Nogales, AZ is a predominantly Mexican town that looks no different than the Mexican side that bears the same name. Estrada said we have to “resist” Trump and his efforts at securing our border. I wonder where he picked up that particular word. The article was written like prose rather than news, referring to Nogales as a “dusty” town. How about calling it what it is….a run down, impoverished town populated with mostly uneducated illegals who venture back and forth across the border at will.

    • Braveheart says:

      These are the telling numbers of the 2016 election results in Santa Cruz County:
      Democrat Hillary Clinton: 71.14%

      Republican Donald Trump: 23.71 %

      Pinko US Rep. Raul Grijalva ran unopposed and was reelected with nearly 95% of the vote.

  5. Observer says:

    Back to the topic:
    This city council race has long lasting ramifications that include such issues as sanctuary city previsions that are currently tabled until after this election.

    Debra Stark was for them before she was against them. If she wins this runoff election all bets are off. She portrays herself as an incumbent, but she is only the interim appointee after Bill Gates left for greener pastures.

    Good citizenship requires vigilance. Don’t allow yourself to be snookered by Stark. She is a liberal posing as a moderate in a conservative district.