After receiving a gargantuan 38-page emailed “letter” from problem-plagued Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, the legendary quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet rings all too true as it epitomizes insincere overacting.
Stephen Richer, the novice politician who appeared to have a bright future within the Arizona Republican Party irreparably damaged himself with his insulting invectives hurled at President Donald Trump, referring to him as a “liar“ and “unhinged.” Make no mistake; he was also aiming his wrath at loyal Trump supporters. His tirade rated a front page headline accompanying an oversize photo, unmistakably displaying his value to the leftwing local newspaper. The Maricopa County election audit, which he regards with contempt, has been emulated by other jurisdictions nationally, a fact ignored by Richer.
While Donald Trump can’t vote against Richer, Maricopa County conservatives can, which is why he is trying to inveigle himself back into the GOP camp.
Unable to make a point, the lawyer who should be better trained to clearly state his case, instead sent out a self-serving missive to GOP activists, bearing the lengthy title, “Dear Arizona Republicans: Let‘s do this right. Let‘s build confidence. Let‘s move forward” Yet, digging in his heels, he included this gem, “I stand by everything I’ve said over the past three months.”
We are not including the link, though Richer appears to have sent it out to the immediate world. If you didn’t receive it, it’s likely your dog did.
It’s doubtful many will be inclined to spend time reading much more than the cover letter, since 38-pages is a bizarre contrivance. Most of us have better ways to spend our time, although it’s clear Richer is more driven by egocentric urgency.
SRAZ previously wrote, “If Richer runs for any political office in the future, it should be as the democrat he has shown himself to be…It will be a rare display of honesty.”
We stand by that vantage point.
Although Republicans rejoiced when Richer trounced single-term democrat Adrian Fontes, his election was hardly a runaway. Richer defeated Fontes by a razor-thin 50.1% to 49.8%. In the primary he defeated perpetually losing candidate Clair Van Steenwyk (known as “Van the Radio Man”) by a 15% margin, which should have been far greater. Richer’s current term ends January 2025. If he dares run again, he needs a reputable GOP primary challenger. It’s critically important.