Thursday, October 13, 2005

Michael: Dunbar's and Ronstadt's Sugar Daddy

I got a mail piece from Tucson city council candidates Kathleen Dunbar and Fred Ronstadt recently. These candidates have both opted out of Tucson's publicly financed campaign system. They both feel that public financing is a waste of public money and think that private interests should be relied upon to fund the election of our public officials. I haven't got any problem with a person following their conscience in such matters, but they should be consistent, right?

Well, in this case, not so much. On the flipside of the Dunbar/Ronstandt mailer is the mug and the endorsement of none other than Arizona's Senator John McCain. McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law shepherd John McCain. Supporter and defender of Arizona's Clean Elections law John McCain. So why are two candidates who oppose public campaign financing accepting the endorsement of John "Campaign Finance Reform" McCain? Why did he offer his support to dirty candidates?

I suppose the moral of this story is that party loyalty is stronger for GOP pols than is principled adherence to basic political convinctions about the nature of the public's interest.

3 Comments:

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous gail davis said...

"... party loyalty is stronger for GOP pols than is principled adherence to basic political convinctions about the nature of the public's interest."

In McCain's case he has proved this over and over and still many, specially in the press, refer to him as indepedent and a rebel. It's apparently very difficult to change an image with facts.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger shrimplate said...

McCain once again tips his hand towards the haves and the have-mores. I am continually puzzled by him. Often he presents as a decent human being, and then he just blows it with his bizarre loyalty to a GOP which spits on him.

(snip) Push polling by Bush activists was standard fare and leaflets distributed by Bush allies described McCain as “pro-abortion” and “the fag candidate” (because McCain was the only Republican presidential candidate to meet with the gay Republican men’s group, Log Cabin Republicans).

He has shown that he will never learn.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MCain's "coattails" have never been much of a factor in Arizona races...and his involvement is usually a sign that the campaigns are a bit nervous and need somebody to bailo them out.
Given the thrashing that Dunbar and Ronstadt are getting by a group of snarling Democrats -- see their latest at http://www.abettertucson.com/ifilm/ -- a little McCain isn't going to do much at all.

 

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