Phoenix – If a lifelong lawyer and career politician is willing to lie to voters in order to be elected as our State Treasurer, can we really trust him to take care of Arizona’s $13 Billion in investments?
“I am not a politician. I have never run for public office prior to running for State Treasurer. I have been full-time in the financial industry since 1992, becoming a fully licensed investment professional in 1993. For over 21 years I have been a prudent custodian of the funds entrusted in my care, and am well regarded in the industry for the success I have had as a result of hard work and determination.
My opponent, Hugh Hallman, recently took material to many news outlets in the hopes that the press would publish false and misleading information right before early ballots are sent to voters, and by the time the truth would be revealed, voters would have already voted. I appreciate the time that Capitol Times reporter Evan Wyloge spent with me to sift through the information, and I feel his and Hank Stephenson’s article fairly represents the situation.
The bottom line is, never was it even alleged that insider trading ever occurred at the company I led as CEO for 14 years. Not one time. With over 500 licensed professional exchange-member traders trading over a billion shares a month,ECHOtrade was known for being a top-tier firm of the highest ethical caliber.
Politics, however, seems to have its share of people with no ethics. Unethical people who are willing to lie and smear the name of good people in order to move up to the next rung of their political ladder. I have to say that I was warned about running against Hugh, and the tactics he would employ. Many people told me that Hugh Hallman was known for doing whatever dirty tricks he could to smear his opponents, and he certainly has lived up to his reputation. On the campaign trail I have witnessed him tell one group of people one thing, and another group the opposite just to appease each. In the past, Hugh Hallman has proudly proclaimed that “the state’s Medicaid expansion is needed and that Common Core is good for Arizona students” and that he was instrumental “in creating, building and enhancing the very model by which STEM and the entire Common Core can be delivered universally, for all of Arizona’s student population.” And yet in Republican meetings has said he is now against Common Core, but is a supporter of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (which many know is the exact same thing but with a different name). Hallman has also sent mixed messages on varying other topics important to Arizona voters, to which he has taken much heat and it makes sense why he is trying to redirect the discussion away from his unpopular views and lack of a financial investing experience right before voters receive their ballots.
I now understand why more good people don’t run for office. Politics can be a dirty business, in which some self-serving individuals are out to destroy anyone who opposes them. In a small way I understand Hugh’s attack. I am the most qualified to be Arizona’s next State Treasurer and a threat to his political career ambitions. Some view this and say, “welcome to politics.” But my thought is why do we have to accept this? Aren’t we tired of this behavior and politics as usual?
One of the many things I have learned in my first campaign is that after a long time in office, many politicians seem to catch some sort of a communicable ethical disease which leads them to look out solely for themselves, and forget the will and needs of the people they represent. Hugh Hallman appears to have been infected, and as a voter myself I hope to send him to be quarantined in the private sector for a dose of free market anti-venom. And I hope he uses that time to take a long look in the mirror and realize that instead of lying about good hard-working people, the best way to improve Arizona is to protect taxpayers and promote policies that help our business community, bring in jobs, and grow Arizona’s economy.”