There is a reason is he called “Shady Slade”

Former State Senator Slade Mead today called political activist Jarrett Maupin a “pol-wannabe” and lumped him together with disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Maupin is 20 years old.  He was briefly charged with misdemeanors, but those charges were quickly dropped, with no new charges filed (at least for now.)

Blagojevich is a sitting Governor.  He is currently charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as solicitation of bribery.

Young Jarrett Maupin might or might not be a “pol-wannabe,” but comparing him with Blagojevich is a smear.

Mead has some experience with smears.

In 2002, Mead ran what is widely considered one of the dirtiest campaigns in recent Arizona political history against State Senator Lori Daniels. He accused Daniels of supporting the unpopular “alt fuels” bill, when she had actually voted against it. 

In 2006, Mead allegedly engaged in gay bashing as part of his unsuccessful campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

In 2007, Greg Patterson of noted that Mead didn’t consider a ban on women at the “Men’s Grill” at the Phoenix Country Club to be an issue.  Patterson wrote: “Segregation and Dirty Tricks.  It sounds like Mead’s a fan of Lyndon Johnson’s early work.”

Most recently, Mead was taken to task by Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb, who wrote:  “Mead is part of a regrettably growing breed in politics, on all sides, that prefers to make up what the opposition says and believes, rather than deal honestly with the arguments actually being made.”

Maupin shoudn’t take Mead’s latest smear too personally.  Smearing is just what Mead does.  It’s in Mead’s nature. 


  1. ACE OF SPADES says

    Please get your facts straight.

    Slade ran a strong, graasroots campaign against Lori Daniels. He stated Ms. Daniels voted AGAINST alt-fuels BUT voted against (or voted to delay) the fix once the problem was discovered. In fact, it was Ms. Daniels that ran the nasty campaign and put in mailers Slade was endorsed by the New York trial lawyers and other lies.

    Slade is entitled to his opinion, just like you, but please before you bash him get your facts stright, it might help with your credibility.

  2. Politicus–

    Aren’t you the same guy who listed a candidate’s missed Court appearances and failed to elaborate that they were for traffic violations?

    Your beloved buddy the Reverend wasted scarce law enforcement time and resources chasing down a blatantly false criminal charge.

    Be consistent please.

  3. Defending Jarrett Maupin? Better be careful –that is likely to blow up in your face.

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