** = "dismissive", of course. :)
It's easy to tell when a Republican elected isn't running for office in a particular year - they don't bother even pretending to have any regard for people who dare to disagree with them.
Case in point: Bob Stump, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Over the last few weeks, Stump has engaged in some Twitter conversations regarding topics of interest to many Arizonans.
That part, engaging with average people (OK, people who aren't industry lobbyists) is a good thing.
However, the part where he became contemptuous and dismissive of people is most assuredly NOT a good thing.
First up, a conversation with LD26 state representative Andrew Sherwood. The basic conversation regarded the shrinking solar industry in AZ, shrinking as a result of policies from the Stump-led ACC.
The rest of the conversation, which doesn't exactly put Stump in a positive light -
"Impolitic"? Nice word,
I think "snippy" is more appropos, but "impolitic" is a pretty good description of Stump's demeanor, too.
On the other hand, it doesn't even come close to describing Stump's attitude toward Nancy LaPlaca, a former staffer at the ACC and an expert on sustainable energy and policies -
Meditation to diminish worries about Arizona's future? Pretend that the pollution from coal stacks is *incense*?
That attitude, beside being utterly insulting toward LaPlaca, goes a long way toward explaining the actions and policies of the Stump-led ACC.
Note: Stump is term-limited and his seat is up for election in 2016. If he intends to run for another (higher profile) office in 2016, his outward demeanor will improve; if not, it won't.