Time For Toby Farmer To Come Clean, Apologize

Farmer and the Rotary Questions

Toby Farmer speaking at a Rotary Club meeting

Prior to running for the Arizona State Senate, Toby Farmer first filed to run for the State House in April of 2013.  When he formally announced for the House later in the summer, he stated that he had never planned on running for office before.  His press release stated the following:

Farmer Never Planned To Run

However, Maricopa County Court documents tell a much different story.  According to court records, Farmer had run for office before.  In fact, he was a candidate for State House in 2012 but faced legal action challenging the validity of his qualifying signatures.

Farmer Lawsuit

The nearly 30-page legal complaint documented how more than 300 of the 441 signatures filed by Farmer were invalid for a variety of reasons.  The complaint also detailed how Farmer failed to specify the date of the election as required by law, opting instead for “2012”, and how Farmer refused to list his address on the petitions as required by law, opting instead for “Litchfield Park”.

Court records also show that Farmer abandoned his bid hours before he was scheduled to appear in court as part of the legal challenge.  Farmer had been advised to withdraw as a candidate by Maricopa County Elections officials who had inspected his petition signatures and largely agreed with the claims made in the lawsuit.

Farmer WithdrawalWhy did Toby Farmer pretend that he was a reluctant first time candidate in 2013 when court records clearly show that he ran for office in 2012?

And, when faced with questions about his 2012 run, why did Toby Farmer tell precinct committeemen at his district meeting that the reason he withdrew was because “we already had two good conservatives running (in Montenegro and Mitchell) and I didn’t want to hurt their chances.”?  The petition challenge was filed by Darin Mitchell and Farmer withdrew because he knew he would lose in court.  So why now pretend he withdrew to help Mitchell and Montenegro?

It is time for Toby Farmer to come clean about his 2012 campaign and apologize for deliberately misleading the voters of LD13.

Why Run For Office If You Don’t Know What You Believe?

H/T to one of our readers and Frosty Taylor and her Maricopa County GOP Briefs for clueing us in on Monday night’s LD13 showdown between incumbent State Representative Darin Mitchell and challenger Diane Landis up in Wickenburg.  The topic was Common Core and while Mitchell “spoke strongly” against Common Core, Landis “said she was still listening to both sides of the issue before taking a stand.”  This is similar to Landis’ current “I’m still learning” position on Medicaid Expansion.  Keep in mind the Expansion issue has dominated the headlines since January, the Legislative session dragged on weeks past the 100 day deadline to deal with the issue, yet nearly ten months later Diane Landis still does not know what she would have done about the issue.

What Landis does know is that she wants to be promoted from the City Council to the State Legislature and to do that she is running against conservatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell.  What Landis doesn’t know is how she would vote on issues that matter.  Congressman Trent Franks is fond of saying that there are two kinds of people who run for office – those that want to do something, and those that want to be something.  If Diane Landis doesn’t know what she wants to do, we can safely assume she is running for different reasons.