Elitism and snobbery are not confined to the political class.
It also exists in other venues, including sports. Every year the baseball writers vote on candidates to the Baseball Hall of Fame. If a player languishes for ten years without getting 75 percent of the vote, they fall off the ballot. Some of these players are later recognized by Hall members (players, managers, and executives) who have formed era committees to consider the candidacies of exceptional players not confirmed by the writers. Yesterday this committee voted to select All-Star relief ace and one time all-time saves leader Lee Smith and All-Star Hitter Harold Baines to the Hall of Fame in 2019. While the selection of Smith was unquestioned, the selection of Baines was.
The new Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Board. They are (from left to right): Treasurer: Tom Krepitch, 1st Vice Chair: Carol Maas, Secretary: Roberta Neil Miller, Chair: Steven Slugocki, Sergeant-at-Arms: Patrick Seifter, and 2nd Vice Chair: Lynsey Robinson
A jubilant crowd of Precinct Committeepersons and County Democratic superstars and candidates attended the Maricopa County Democratic Winter Convention at Central High School in Phoenix on December 8, 2018. Speaker after speaker vowed to work together with everyone in the audience and those who could not attend to continue the trend started in this year’s election of turning Arizona to a blue state. Delegates to the convention also voted for a new Maricopa County Democratic Executive Board to help pave the way to victory in 2020.
LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer
The outcry against Legislative District One Republican Representative David Stringer has grown since the publication of his racist remarks. This condemnation includes a group of local activists in LD 1 who will meet this weekend to discuss launching a recall drive of Mr. Stringer if he does not immediately resign from his elected office.
It should be apparent to most political observers that the Party of Lincoln is dead at the local. state, and federal levels. It has been replaced by a Party (called Trumpist) that rejects everything democracy and republics profess to be about.
This did not start with Donald Trump. This evolution has been proceeding since 1965 when ex Dixiecrats in the Democratic Party forged ties in corporate interests in the Republican and foreign policy hawks that produced the Reagan Presidency, the Gingrich House, and the George W. Bush Administration.
LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer
The People in Legislative District One (most of the area surrounding and including Prescott) are examples of the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me for letting you get away with it the first time.”
Did they tell him it was time to go and resign from public life?
No, they reelected him on November 6 with a 35,000 vote margin over his Democratic opponent.
At the time Governor Ducey called on him to resign in June, saying “I don’t think there is any place for that kind of commentary in the public square. He has basically disqualified himself from leading at the state level.”
How did Representative Stringer reward the trust of the people in LD 1? By saying, at a forum with students at Arizona State University, African Americans, in contrast to immigrants from Europe, “don’t blend in.”
Newly elected state Senator Victoria Steele called for Stringer’s immediate resignation. “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.
Part of being a public servant is having the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people that are being served. With these two comments over a span of five months, Stringer has shown he lacks the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people in LD 1.
One can hope (actually expect) that the people in LD 1, most of whom do not share Stringer’s hostility to non white people, will heed the calls of other public figures like incoming Democratic State Senator Victoria Steele, Democratic State Representative Cesar Chavez, Minority House Leader Reginald Bolding, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey and tell Mr. Stringer it is time to go. It would be shameful if they did not.
UPDATE ON DECEMBER 4, 2018: The Prescott City Council in a 6 to 1 vote called for Representative Stringer to resign. Let us see if the other towns in his district call for the same action and if Mr. Stringer heeds their call.
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