Seeing Red AZ has been exposing the leftists running the city of Phoenix for years. Their incestuous inbreeding has promoted city council members to mayors. From there they don’t remain static. We now have one of them — Greg Stanton — representing AZ Congressional District 9 — in Washington D.C.
Behind this clique are the unions, most notably the Phoenix Firefighters. We exposed the deceptive shenanigans before the 2011 city primary election. It’s worth reviewing, since we are now facing another election for mayor of Phoenix.
The March 12, 2019 “Special Election” is a runoff between two Democrats, though the city attempts to neuter the party affiliation of the council and mayor, under the pretense of them all being “non-partisan.” Kate Gallego and Danny Valenzuela are the leftist choices we have. Bad or worse, the undeniable fact is, one of them will win. The election is to fill the vacancy created when Greg Stanton abandoned the mayor’s seat to campaign for the CD 9 congressional seat previously occupied by radical Kyrsten Sinema, now a U.S. Senator.
Gallego had a 19-point lead over Valenzuela in the November General Election but didn’t secure the required 50-percent-plus-one vote required to win —- necessitating a runoff. In this charade of musical chairs, regardless of who wins, the people of Phoenix lose.
Partisanship is actually the engine that drives this rickety train. The Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper is now screeching that a proposed statewide ban on taxing food would cause cities to lose $115 million. This overreach had its 2010 impetus in Phoenix under then-Mayor Philly Gordon and was imposed as the City of Phoenix paid $14.3 million to 6,989 employees in unconscionable “retention bonuses,” spending $2 million more than the food tax would have brought in that fiscal year.
Unconscionably taxing food, the most basic necessity for survival, is not outside of the realm of reasonableness to leftists.
A basic rule of thumb when looking at candidates is to check their endorsements, which go right to the core of who they are. In the case of Gallego and Valenzuela both lists are disturbing. As supposed “non-partisans” they claim to represent us all, but their endorsements are more truthful than either candidate. There are a couple of Republicrats on Valenzuela’s list. One, after years of threatening to do so, Grant Woods has recently re-registered as a Democrat. Both candidates are supported by partisan unions, including the ones representing the striking teachers who used thuggish tactics that should have gotten them fired, but instead secured a 20% raise appropriated by Gov. Ducey from our pockets, incorporating a new “fee” which he claims is not a tax.
Going strictly on the two candidate’s credentials, Kate Gallego is most impressive. She earned a degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Valenzuela, a former firefighter union leader cites his humble beginnings as his chief qualification. Among his endorsers are McCain insiders Robert Delgado and Doug Yonko, both honchos in Cindy Hensley McCain’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship empire.
Moses Sanchez, an impressive political newcomer who ran as a Republican, pledged to create a more transparent City Hall, not take a city pension or use the office as a political stepping stone. He lost in the Primary Election.
City of Phoenix elections traditionally generate low voter turnout. City employees, bonded to the status quo, and numerous unions, including teachers, firefighters and police, turn out to ensure the blue city in a red state, stays a deep cobalt.
The Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper, editorially states, it “likes both candidates.” that was followed by another endorsing Kate Gallego, which raises the suspicion antenna on those looking for clues in addition to the candidate’s endorsement pages. If they actually want her to win, the newspaper, describing her in the second sentence as “a single mom of a bi-racial toddler,” should have stayed out of the endorsement business. It unconscionably remained silent when she was the subject of despicable race-baiting as she ran for the Phoenix City Council in 2013. The failing newspaper’s support is like octopus ink, a poisonous fluid discoloring the surroundings, filled with mucus and emitted through its rear end. No kidding.
Early ballots have been mailed for the March 12th election