Rep. Konopnicki on Employer Sanctions – “I’m Lovin’ It?”

KONOPNICKI.gif No, that’s not an actual quote. But lost in all of the press coverage of McDonald’s franchisee Mac Magruder and his campaign to save his burger empire from sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, is the tale of State Representative Bill Konopnicki (R-05). Konopnicki is a self-described moderate Republican from Northern Arizona who has never hesitated to cross party lines and work with Democrats on budgets and other matters.

So can you guess how Rep. Konopnicki voted on the employer sanctions bill? Yup, he voted for it. Okay, we admit it, so did lots of self-described moderates and Democrats. So what would make Konopnicki’s vote stand out from the rest? Well it turns out that he is a successful businessman who is what we worker bees might call wealthy. And how did he make much of his money? By owning 9 McDonalds franchises!

Curiously, the Arizona Republic has not yet picked up on this interesting tidbit. Ah yes, even in the summertime, it is always interesting here on West Washington!


  1. Sonoran Sam says

    I won’t repeat the lengthy post I just placed (I think) on Espresso Pundit regarding an interview with Pete Hershberger and Dave Bradley.

    I’ll just ask my fellow blog readers to visit that site, and consider my point that we need to pay legislators a full-time salary, prohibit them from holding outside employment of any type, and in the interim we need the media to tell people about the many, many, many outside interests that taint legislators from every persuasion because they can’t afford to live on $24,000 a year plus per diem.

  2. Actually, I have no problem with part-time legislators, and I’m not sure that any effort to suggest a conflict of interest in Rep. Konopnicki’s case would be truthful. It appears from this post that he voted the right way IN SPITE of owning McDonalds franchises. Good for him, but it makes Magruder look more guilty of being dependent on illegal labor. Not because he has to, since Konopnicki doesn’t seem to have to, but because he wants to.

  3. Hometown Guy says

    Sonoran Sam:
    Finding it difficult to comprehend your thoughts on expanding to a full-time legislature and paying them a “full time salary.” Full time salary by whose standards?

    Are you aware that Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Texas–hold session EVERY OTHER year. We could use less legislation, not more. How many new laws do we need added to statute yearly?

    Our nation’s founders were clear in their desire for a citizen legislature—those who served for a time, and then went home. Somehow, that concept, whether in state legislatures or Congress, seems have taken a back seat to “seniority.” Arizona’s term limits have resulted in legislators switching back and forth from House to the Senate.

    There are multiple problems attendant with the concept of term limits. Again, the Founders considered that idea, and rejected it, since elections absolutely provide term limits—if people will engage in the process and vote!

  4. W Phx Activist says

    It has been reliably reported that in the original phone call for setting up the Wake Up org. Magruder said he was authorized to speak for Special K in support of their plan.

    Don’t give him too much credit for voting for a bill that passed 47-11 with the spectre of the initiative staring him in the face.

    Special K has worked as hard as possible against this and other immigration bills in the hallways.

  5. Still, I agree with the original post that it is interesting that the media ignores a McDonalds owner who voted for it while playing up the McDonalds owner who calls it a bad idea and fatal to his businesses. It looks like a direct contradiction. The fact that there were 47 votes for it means that it was going to pass with or without Konopnicki’s vote. It couldn’t have been an initiative that made him vote for it. 46 or 47 would not have mattered at that point.

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