The love of a good dog knows no politics. Just consider the saga of little Charlie Schweikert. Charlie is employed by the Maricopa County Treasurer’s office as office counselor and cheerleader. He defuses bad days and turns down the volume on taxpayer disputes. And all he asks in return is a few treats, a scratch behind the ears, and place to grab a quick bit of kip.
Charlie is the pet of David Schweikert, the Republican Treasurer of Maricopa County, who has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against Rep. Harry Mitchell in CD 5. I don’t care for the idea of a Republican representing any congressional district, but it does say something positive about a person’s character that they love and respect dogs the way Schweikert obviously does Charley.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for dog and elephant show.
I have to say that I was therefore a little disappointed and concerned to learn that Schweikert (David, not Charley) let an FEC filing enforcement matter dangle unresolved for four years. I’m sure there is an explanation for that lack of diligence, but I would have expected a man tasked with fiduciary duties over a multi-billion dollar budget in Maricopa to be a bit more attentive to detail.