Last week former Oro Valley Town Council member Conny Culver wrote a letter to the editor in the Explorer News stating that LD 26 House candidate Nancy Young Wright held up the construction of Ironwood Ridge High School while she served on the Amphitheater School Board. The new high school was needed to relieve overcrowding in the fast growing NW Tucson area and Culver contends that Young Wrights actions cost the school hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the delay.
Probably not too many swing voters read Culver’s letter to the editor and with time still before election day the smart thing for Young Wright to do from a public relations point of view would be to issue a press release detailing her point of view and correct any misstatement of the facts of the case. A rebuttal for the paper to print and a few letters to the editor from supporters should control any damage. Young Wright currently serves in the legislature after being appointed in January 2008. She is a in respectable shape in the polls and has a good shot of getting reelected.
The above was not enough for Young Wright so she had her attorney, Bill Risner of Pima County Elections fame, fire off a letter to Ms. Culver with a thinly veiled threat of legal action. We have also heard that he sent a letter to the Explorer Newspaper. Nothing better for getting an issue into the news like having your lawyer threaten people with legal action. Not sure how this one will turn out but the technique did not work very well for Kathleen Dunbar in 2005.
This week the Explorer paper was filled with letters to the editor on the matter of Culver’s letter about Young Wright from both points of view.
We can not totally blame Young Wright for reacting the way she did. It seems to be the thing to do this year. Kay Hagan is suing Senator Elizabeth Dole over her ad in the North Carolina Senate race. Not to be left out, Norm Coleman is suing Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate contest. At least the lawyers will not be suffering during the current economic downturn.
LD 26 is one of the hotspots in the contest for control of the legislature. Read yesterday’s story for some background on the district.