Hugh Hallman Statement on Accusations of Sign Tampering

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STATEMENT BY HUGH HALLMAN ON JEFF DEWIT’S ACCUSATIONS ABOUT POLITICAL SIGN TAMPERING

Today, Jeff DeWit accused our campaign of blocking the view of his road signs to passers-by by placing our signs in front of his.

We know signs are a lightening rod for mischief. And we know that pictures can tell false stories — and the ones produced by Jeff DeWit’s campaign are no different.

To be clear — our campaign has a strict policy to never purposefully interfere with the signs of any other candidate, and to be fair with the placement of our signs near the signs of any other candidate, including competitors. This is a policy for all campaign staff and has been clearly communicated from Day 1.

Why would we take the risk of embarrassing our campaign to block one or two out of the thousands of road signs currently positioned by all candidates statewide?

Our campaign can also produce photos showing Hallman signs that have been blocked by DeWit signs, taken down and/or tampered with. But we’re not going to accuse a grown man running for office of being behind teenage shenanigans. Candidates running in an important statewide race should have more important things to worry about.

When we find instances where our signs have been tampered with, we fix them and move on. We don’t have a fit about it on Twitter.

Instead, we try to address these issues like adults. We’re not going out and making baseless accusations about anyone. If Jeff DeWit — or any other candidate for that matter — has a problem with the placement of any of our signs, we invite them to call us at 480.423.0515 and let us know.

It would also be helpful to let us know where they are, which DeWit didn’t do. Our staff went out today to make sure there were no instances of these kinds of shenanigans, spending several hours where we believed the “gotcha” photos were taken to make sure we caught any sign placements others may have done that were improper.

With less than two weeks left until Election Day, we can’t help but wonder if Mr. DeWit is looking for a distraction — any distraction — to keep voters from focusing on the concerning record of risky business by his day-trading firm, or the lack of support he has from statewide conservative leaders, or the fact that he has had to almost entirely self-fund his campaign because he can’t raise money from supporters.

But if it’s really signs Jeff is most concerned about, then Jeff, give us a call. We’re happy to discuss it like adults.

Hugh Hallman Campaign Bullies Opponent Jeff DeWit on the Streets

Is this the kind of leader you want protecting your tax dollars?

Here are two photos taken by Republican activist supporting Jeff DeWit for Arizona Treasurer.

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As you can see the campaign team for Hugh Hallman has blocked or sandwiched DeWit’s signs in order to keep DeWit from getting his message out.

Because this was blatantly offensive, Hallman needs to issue a public apology to DeWit and fire his campaign workers for their unethical practice.

If nothing happens, it will speak volumes to the character to Hugh Hallman – a candidate who will do anything to his opponents in order to get elected.

Jeff DeWit: When Your Money Is On The Line, Integrity Matters

Jeff DeWit

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.

I invite anyone with questions to read the complete article and the attached Take-Down notice my attorneys sent to the stations playing Hugh’s false and misleading advertisement. (Take-Down notice 2)

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.”


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*Take-Down Notices

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DeWit – 2014 0724 LT KAZM re Negative Ads

Handicapping the Arizona Governor’s Race

Arizona PBS’s Horizon just featured a segment featuring ASU pollster Bruce Merrill discussing the current lineup and prospects seeking the office of Governor in 2014. For the most part I agree with Merrill’s assessment on the candidates but I think I’d like to point out some factors that the respected pollster may have overlooked.

First, here’s the interview with Ted Simon:

If I were to break out the GOP gubernatorial race into three tiers, this is what it would look like. (For the purpose of full disclosure, I do not have any of these candidates as clients.)

First Tier:
Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

Second Tier:
Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Christine Jones
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman

Third Tier:
State Senator Al Melvin
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas

Assessing the first tier of candidates, both Ducey and Smith are extremely formidable candidates with perhaps the best consulting firms/teams in Arizona running their campaigns. I like to refer to this race as a battle between the House of Noble and the House of Coughlin.

DC London is run by former Chief of Staff to Congressman John Shadegg, Sean Noble – one of the most disciplined, organized and well-connected consultants in the business. House of Coughlin is run by Governor Brewer’s closest advisor and strategist, Chuck Coughlin who founded and oversees Arizona’s HighGround firm. As noted, Noble and Coughlin are two of the best Republican consultants in the state of Arizona. Both their firms are ready to lock horns in the governor’s race with teams that will make the Republican primary battle very exciting to watch.

Both Doug Ducey and Scott Smith are also strong leaders in their respective arenas. They know how to campaign effectively and are very good with audiences. They also have the capacity to bring a lot of money to the table for their teams. On the GOP spectrum, Ducey draws out support from the grassroots while Smith tends to identify with the establishment.

At the present, Ducey’s assertiveness for this race has been a little below the radar while Smith’s team has been actively taking advantage of opportunities to boost the mayor’s profile. We saw this recently in Smith’s election as President of the US Conference of Mayors. This makes sense from Smith’s perspective since his profile is highest in the east valley and Ducey has already obtained statewide name recognition.

This race will be very tight as money, leadership style, likability and their respective teams are evenly matched.

Looking at the second tier, I would have to place Secretary of State Ken Bennett at the top of this tier, although he has the chance to bounce into the first tier given an effective campaign team. Bennett has run for statewide office before although he really didn’t have any competition. Anyone who knows Ken Bennett knows him as one of the nicest elected officials they’ve ever met. But his chivalrous soft-spoken demeanor is often seen as a lack of assertiveness. To jump into the first tier, he will need ditch some of the nice-guy persona and get a little more assertive.

Christine Jones’ biggest challenge is that no one knows who she is. Whoever she hires as her team will need to do a lot of catching up making the rounds. If she is counting on raising money from the political establishment, this will be tough because most of the cash is flowing to the upper tier. She will have to put a lot of her own money into the race to boost her profile and prove credibility as a candidate. When I first heard her name mentioned for a statewide office, my suggestion was to see her run for Attorney General because a Christine Jones vs. Felecia Rotellini matchup would keep that seat in the hands of Republicans.

Hugh Hallman also remains in the second tier primarily because of the challenges of statewide name identification and the challenge of fundraising in a crowded field. Hallman is one of the smartest policy guys and that may come off as being too wonky, geeky and not strong enough leadership. He is well liked but running for Governor is not like running for the 8th most populous city in Arizona,

Jumping to the third tier, it’s accurate to say that both Senator Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas have no path to victory whatsoever.

Senator Melvin is one of the nicest men you will ever meet but his time in the Arizona Legislature has branded him with the image of the grandfatherly citizen legislator. He has never run for statewide office and the money, energy and team it requires to mount such a campaign is out of reach.

Finally (and this is difficult to write), Andrew Thomas has no chance of winning the nomination short of the entire Arizona judiciary system being indicted for corruption. If Thomas had only remained in the office of County Attorney and successfully beat the judiciary system, he might be invincible. Unfortunately he now has one of the highest political radioactivity levels when it comes to former elected officials. This will doom his campaign.

Having managed a statewide campaign, I will tell you that it is a tremendous amount of work that requires millions of dollars. Money does make the difference in races and candidates who assert themselves early through money, endorsements and profile take the advantage. Watch for this race to be far more exciting than it was in 2010!

 

Shane Wikfors is the creator and editor of Sonoran Alliance and President of Red Mountain Consulting & Development. He has been active in Arizona campaigns, grassroots politics and non-profit issue advocacy for over 23 years. You can read more about him at ShaneWikfors.com.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates: Who Do You Like?

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman Statement on the Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2011
CONTACT: Jason Rose

(Tempe, AZ) – The City of Tempe has done very well in the last seven years despite two recessions, one mild and one that deserves the term “the Great Recession.” Tempe’s fiscal house is in good order, our employees have met the challenges of doing more with less, and our leadership is forward-thinking, proactive and conservative in planning, but also aggressive in pursuing and capturing new opportunities. Our current condition, community character and quality of life are the envy of the State and much of the Country. With future opportunities of which we are nearly perfectly positioned to take advantage, Tempe is a community poised to reach an even brighter future.

Despite all that we have done and continue to do, our community, Tempe, is a captive of the leadership that now rules the direction and future of our Great State of Arizona. As hard as we might work to address every challenge presented to Tempe, we are limited in the results Tempe can achieve because of the limitations of vision and ability of many who are dictating our State’s direction. In the coming years, I will continue to commit myself to address the State’s need for leadership and to assist those who demonstrate a capacity and vision to build on the greatness of this State and its people.

Further, I have committed myself for the next year to continue addressing the issues facing Tempe that only can be addressed by working regionally. Tempe’s access to a fair share of federal dollars for roads and highways currently is at significant risk due to the arcane and bizarre federal rules governing air quality, and yet this challenge only can be met through the regional work conducted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, of which I currently am Vice Chair and for which I will provide service as Chairman for the next year. Beyond such “formal” work, the economic development of Tempe is inextricably tied to the successes and failures of Phoenix, certainly, but perhaps more, to the opportunities and challenges faced by our fellow East Valley cities. Success in these, and other, regional efforts are essential to Tempe’s future success. These efforts will take significant time and effort on behalf of Tempe.

We also are approaching the time for an election of a citizen who will provide the leadership for our community as Mayor, as well as an election of three others to serve on this Tempe Council. Such an election should encourage the full discussion of policy and capacities of those who seek to govern on behalf of the residents of this Great Arizona City. Further, with my parents’ principles and ethics as my guide, I also believe that these positions of trust should not be considered any form of “birthright” or be too long held. As we observe in far too many examples, longevity breeds arrogance, and arrogance breeds corruption. In such light, and with the knowledge that Tempe is well placed for the future, understanding the constraints imposed on directing important regional work while also seeking election, and recognizing that the future of our City and State may compel me to offer leadership in a broader capacity, I believe it appropriate now to apprise our community of my resolution that I will not seek reelection as Mayor of Tempe.

This has been a difficult decision to make, but I make this decision with my great thanks, love and affection, first to my wife and family for accepting the burdens of my service, and then to the great staff members of Tempe and all of my many friends and supporters who have provided such full encouragement and assistance during my years in elected office and other service to this community that, cumulatively, exceeds two decades. Our successes have been as a result of great effort by many, and for any failures I hope our community will forgive me my limitations. I remain grateful for the opportunity to have been of some service to our community.

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