Credit where it’s due



I have written a few times, and not favorably, about former Mesa Mayor and GOP candidate for AZ Governor Scott Smith. I stand by everything I’ve said. Liberals need to stop swooning over him because he’s a right wing guy, even if he doesn’t appear (at this point, anyway) to be as far off the deep end as his competitors. That said, I am impressed by the effort put forth by his supporters to engage NPD (no party designated) voters in the primary. It may not end up being enough but there was a substantial increase in the number who requested a ballot and that is a good thing. It shows that there are people making a good faith attempt to moderate the GOP and this is the right way to do it, by working within the party primary. It has more chance of succeeding than the harebrained scheme some people in this state have of changing the primary into a Top Two one, which, among other things, is an attempt to coerce Democrats into helping clean up the Republicans. The GOP caused its own problems and they’re going to have to fix them themselves.

So good luck tonight, Scott Smith. I mean that.


  1. I got sick of the Dems swooning over Smith as “not so bad” or “not crazy”– as if to say we could settle for him. Last night at the Pima Dems Unity Party (which rocked with enthusiasm), a well-placed Dem told my husband about Scott Smith and how “not crazy” he is and how he would be “OK” as a governor. (This was before Smith lost.)

    When Jim was telling me this later, I said, “Is he crazy? He was major of THE most conservative city in the frickin’ country and he’s anti-abortion– thus making him likely to sign any crazy anti-woman bills the AZ Lege comes up with. He is NOT OK, NOT acceptable.”

    As you have said many times before, Donna, just about everyone is willing to trade away women’s rights.

  2. Brian I think many democrat politicians and most republicans would have a problem with it as their monopoly would end.

  3. Independents help pay for the elections! Now if you are willing to let independents run in an independent primary election. Are you willing to let that happen ?

  4. To me an interesting question is whether the political parties have a constitutional claim under the First Amendment’s right to association to exclude independents and “others” from voting in the primary. I think there is a valid point that only those who choose to register as a Republican or Democrat should vote in that party’s primary. Our current system of letting independents & others to pick a party’s primary ballot allows voters who have no allegiance to a party to select that party’s nominees. That could create a situation where voters try to game the system by voting in one party’s primary to pick weak candidates for the general election.

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