As the late great President Reagan would often say, “There you go again.” One can hear those words ring yesterday as gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones proves her not ready-for-political-prime-time status yet again.
It all started last year with an epic failure on immigration. She must have failed basic geography because she simply didn’t know where the Rio Grande River is located. (Hint: it’s that river that borders Texas and Mexico.) She also goofed on the percentage of Hispanics hired by Sheriff Joe. And she even –wrongly — praised him for placing pots of water in the desert as part of his humanitarian efforts in helping illegal border crossers find their way north into Arizona. Oh, and those gaffes didn’t evade national scrutiny as they probably should have for someone running for Governor of a border state. If she wants the job, she should at least get the facts straight or at least hire someone who can feed her the facts for political regurgitation.
Then earlier this year it was revealed that, in addition to her ignorance on some basic issues, she was also a serial exaggerator. During congressional testimony eight years ago, Jones claimed to have been a prosecutor in Los Angeles when she had never even passed the California bar exam. When pressed why she made the claim when it clearly wasn’t true, Jones explained that she’d been
pushed around by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Hmmm… That’s an odd admission for
someone who really wants to be governor – that she was bullied into false statements. In a state where women governors have no problem pointing a finger at the President of the United States, Arizonans are kinda looking for someone with a little more caliber.
But wait! It gets better! Jones also misrepresented her involvement in the military when she was caught on tape stating that when her husband got in, she got out [of the US Air Force]. The fact is, she was never actually in. Another fact check strikes again.
Fast forward to Wednesday in Tucson when Jones announced her new plan for developing Arizona’s economy. Instead of the historical Five C’s she
unveiled borrowed the Five “T’s” — transportation, technology, tourism, training, and taxation. Borrowed? You see the five T’s aren’t anything new. Back in December, 2013, liberal Tucson city Mayor Jonathan Rothschild sorta kinda already threw the five T’s into political play. The first three Tucson “T’s” are identical — transportation, technology, and tourism. Tucson used trade and teaching instead of training and taxation, but seriously, could there be a more flagrant, obvious rip-off of someone else’s ideas than this? At least she could have been more original by picking another letter in the alphabet to alliterate her ideas.
Who knows what political mine field Christine Jones will stumble into next? If we’re keeping track we can check off the boxes of ignorance, resume embellishment, and plagiarism. The way things are going she may even earn a spot on Saturday Night Live?