Leftist columnist E.J. Montini can’t handle a principled stance
Those who still read the Arizona Republic are all too aware of its descent into oblivion. Content is flimsy, engineered to appeal to the casual reader seeking entertainment and dining reviews who definitely doesn’t want to be taxed with major issues or the seniors who are the target of the multiple full page hearing aid ads or retirement community inducements. Local news is frequently written by ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who obviously need another semester or two under their belts. National events are filtered through the liberal lens of Associated Press. International issues appear in the USA Today insert. The Hillary-endorsing newspaper’s stock in trade has been its unswerving dedication to battering former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump. The overarching policy is amnesty for illegals.
When an issue tugs at its leftwingism, out comes the multifaceted, in-tandem grinding machine including contrived reports, columnists, the cartoonist and the trusty fallback, the editorial page to inflict punishment on the offender.
Now there is a new target. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs. Prior to being elected to congress in 2016, Biggs represented state Legislative District 22 — running unopposed —- and served as President of the Arizona Senate. Besides being a genuinely decent man, he’s bright. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, he earned a Master’s degree in political Science, holds a Juris Doctorate, and was licensed to practice in three states before retiring from the practice of law to concentrate on politics. He and his wife have six children.
So what causes him to be the recipient of slings and arrows and held in enough contempt by a marginal, left-wing Republic columnist to be called a “toady” and a “loser“?
Biggs is a principled, conservative. He is also a first-term member of congress. It’s clear the newspaper thinks it has a better shot at replacing him with a Democrat than more deeply entrenched AZ Congressman Trent Franks (R-CD8), leading to this opening salvo.
According to scrawny liberal columnist E..J. Montini, Biggs has crossed the line in joining with other Congressmen in calling on former FBI director Robert Mueller to acknowledge his obvious conflicts of interest and step down as special counsel in what has become known as the Russian probe. As FBI director in 2010, Mueller bungled an investigation into Russian bribery and extortion resulting in a deal to purchase 0ne-fifth of the U.S. uranium resources, known as the Uranium One Deal. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was complicit in approving the nefarious deal. The Obama administration Justice Department sat on information for four years and silenced a whistle-blower who tried to alert Congress to the questionable activity.
Montini’s “loser” description is his attempt at sarcasm stemming from the fact that Biggs once won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but is a political loser for challenging the integrity of an Obama administration official.