Democrats Deserve Spotlight on Election Manipulation, AZGOP Uses Satire to Direct Voter Attention
PHOENIX – While last night’s awards presented by Arizona Capitol Times at the “Best of the Capitol 2014” were for professional achievement and in some cases for fun, today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham issued a few awards of his own to a carefully selected group of Democrat candidates and organizations.
“We all know that hard work in a campaign will be rewarded with a well-deserved victory, but it’s important to have a public acknowledgement that so many Democrat candidates are just out there ignoring voters and just taking it easy,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “in contrast, Republicans are engaging voters as they compete for the GOP nomination for all of Arizona’s top offices, while the Democrats have only managed to field one candidate, or even no candidate, for these important positions.”
Graham’s first award goes to the Arizona Democratic Party, and it’s called the Irony in ActionAward.
“Democrats talk about having ‘responsible public servants’ and ‘stewardship’ but they’re apparently not interested in fielding a candidate for State Treasurer, a job that involves oversight of $12 billion worth of Arizona’s assets,” Graham said.
His next award went to the three Democrats running for Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. None of the three are competing for their party nomination, leaving voters no choices and rendering the Democrat Primary ballot useless. The award is called the Lawnmower Award because that’s what’s used to clear a field. And once the field has been cleared, it means any potential Democrat opponent simply forfeited.
“The Democrats have disenfranchised voters by having party elites, not regular citizens, pick and choose their candidates behind closed doors. Campaigns and elections are supposed to be about competition, contrast, and choice — but the Democrats in Arizona have no interest in that,” Graham said.
The third award is called the Gold CoinAward and is presented to Terry Goddard.
“This award goes to the candidate that lost three times when he ran for governor, then announced he was interested in being Attorney General, but then later on he apparently flipped a coin and decided to run for Secretary of State,” Graham added.
As a fourth award Graham issued the Speak Your MindAward for having either the courage or bad judgment to say something really dumb during a big, important meeting, where it will be recorded in the official minutes.
“This award winner is Carolyn Warner, the Arizona Democrats’ National Committeewoman, who said during a major post election meeting in 2012 that Democrat Party leaders should ‘quit spending money on white men.’”
Fifth and final award is the Photoshop Award. Like the Democrats’ Primary Election, there was no competition for this award and DuVal wins it by default.
“This is the guy who Photoshopped a picture of himself where he added a beard, costume, and Mexican beer to make himself look Hispanic. Enough said,” Graham added.
No one is sure if Warner’s comments contributed to DuVal’s attempt to change his ethnicity.
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