As a writer, I'm bored by the Democratic races. Civility and professionalism are great qualities in elected officials and candidates; they're lousy topics for more than the occasional post.
Fortunately, the Republicans have stepped into the gap. Enthusiastically. :)
Two and a half weeks ago, I wrote about my newest favorite website, Crazy Jack Harper. That site highlights some of Harper's embarrassing behavior...at least, it's behavior that would be embarrassing to any public official who takes their responsibilities seriously. The site reads like a Republican site, if only because it doesn't criticize Harper for his political positions, only for silly,unprofessional, and (possibly) unethical acts while in office. As yet, however, no one has officially taken credit for the site.
On Friday, August 21, 2009, the Arizona Republic broke a story reporting that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne received six photo radar tickets in 18 months, including one for speeding in a school zone.
Officer Mataele issued a criminal citation to Horne, charging him with violating A.R.S. 28-701.02 A2. This is a CRIMINAL charge (not civil) that subjected Horne to a maximum possible sentence of six (6) months in jail, three (3) years probation and a $2,500 fine.
A lawyer who flouts the law (like Horne, apparently) is bad; a lawyer who doesn't know the law (like Thomas, apparently) isn't exactly better.
It's an election year, and it looks like Jan Brewer isn't the only R whose campaign motto is "Damn the facts! Full distort ahead!"
The next four weeks are going to be fun....