OK, so they may not be Simon and Garfunkel but they are definitely Arizona’s version of the Singing Senators – former singing senators, that is. This was video I shot at the Meet & Greet preceding the Globe Lincoln Day Dinner held today in the Town of Globe. As you can see, this is former State Senators Rusty Bowers (now running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District) and current Secretary of State, Ken Bennett (running for re-election.)
I had a wonderful time both driving out to and visiting with the wonderful people of Globe and Gila County today at their Lincoln Day Dinner. There were about 90 people in attendance including several candidates. The Globe High School JROTC served dinner and Sam Morehead was the emcee. My former colleague with Americans for Prosperity, Tom Jenney, spoke on grassroots activism. Sheriff Paul Babeu talked about the trials and tribulations in Pinal County – a county where until just recently, Republicans never won election. He also talked about the nepotism and corruption that has plagued Pinal County government for years and recognized one of his deputies for stopping the recent killers of Gilbert Police Officer Eric Shuhandler.
Arizona State Treasurer, Dean Martin, was the keynote speaker. Treasurer Martin gave an enlightening account of the State’s accounting system and the Treasurer’s role over the years and how the numbers predicted Arizona’s recession despite Governor Napolitano’s accounting shell games. Martin’s speech was very impressive and it is easy to see that he will do a great job as Arizona’s next Governor.
Other notable candidates present included Bradley Beauchamp, also running for AZ CD-1; Steven Slaton, running for Governor; Sylvia Allen, running for re-election to LD-5 Senate; Brenda Barton, running for LD-5 House; and of course, I was there representing JD Hayworth for US Senate.
Thanks to the good people of Globe and Gila County for their wonderful hospitality.