What The Arizona Newspapers Say about the “Solar Team” (Be warned… it’s pretty bad)

You’ve seen their TV ads. But what are Arizona’s newspapers saying about the candidates who make up the “Solar Team”?

“These three candidates just aren’t the right choice for Arizona” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Might prove very costly to Arizona ratepayers” – Robert Robb, Arizona Republic, September 21, 2008

“Potentially divisive forces on the commission” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Runs too much risk of overstepping legal bounds” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We were unimpressed by the fourth candidate Sandra Kennedy…[she] showed a dearth of knowledge on ACC issues” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

Kennedy is “clearly out of her depth on energy issues” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We’re troubled that [Sam George] changed his name in 2004 from Sam Vagenas…As Vagenas, he helped get two pro-marijuana ballot issues passed in Arizona, though the Legislature later gutted them. State investigators also linked him to fake ‘internal memos’ circulated during the 2002 gubernatorial race, falsely claiming Janet Napolitano, as attorney general, covered up the Colorado City polygamy crisis.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“Vagenas was linked to the forgeries that became the biggest scandal of the 2002 gubernatorial race” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“Too many uncertainties surround Sam (Vagenas) George” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

George has “a history of shady dealings” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

George is “sleazy” – Tucson Weekly, August 29, 2008

“…ethically challenged Sam Vagenas [is] a former political consultant who remade himself this year into Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Sam George” – Phoenix New Times, Oct. 14, 2008

“[Vagenas’s ballot initiative] would have freed…marijuana users to deal drugs to kids — and actually required the Department of Public Safety to give out pot, for free” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“We are thoroughly unimpressed with Democrat Sam George…name-changing, media-dodging…” – Tucson Weekly, Oct. 4, 2008

“George is ill-informed” – Kris Mayes, East Valley Tribune, October 26, 2008

“Despicable…cynical…shameful” – U.S. Drug Czar John P. Walters, October 10, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The folks at DPS are going to be the biggest drug dealers in Arizona” – Tucson Citizen, August 27, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The people of Arizona ought to be ticked off… it’s not a signal we need to be sending our children.” – William Bennett, U.S. Drug Czar, August 13, 1998 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“Two years ago, when he lost election to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board, Sam George sued election officials and fellow candidates to demand a recount. The election tally didn’t change.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“The report said that Paul Newman, a Cochise County supervisor, told Agent Joe Navarro ‘that he had smoked some marijuana in the [taxpayer-funded] vehicle,” Arizona Republic, October 16, 2008

“Newman’s fellow commissioners…voted to revoke his county car privileges… A movement to recall Newman began…” – Sierra Vista Herald, December 10, 2004

“This corporation commission election is shaping up to be a bonanza for pothead voters: Another democratic candidate for the commission, Sam George, helped promote two successful pro-marijuana ballot initiatives in Arizona in the late 1990s. Back then, he was known as Sam Vagenas, but he changed his name after being linked to a scandal in the 2002 governor’s race.” – Phoenix New Times, October 13, 2008

“George Spends Big Bucks in Bid for Seat on Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“Democrat Sam George has spent more than half-million dollars of his own money to try to win a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“George said neither he nor the Sperlings stand to benefit financially by greater use of solar power and that he does not own any investments in solar energy” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

I personally am voting for

Barry Wong

Marian McClure

Bob Stump

Here’s what the Arizona newspapers say about them:

Wong, Stump, McClure: “offer strong experience with public policymaking.
They demonstrate wise perspectives on energy use and utilities regulation.
And they clearly share a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents rather than kowtowing to corporate interests.”
– Tucson Citizen, 10/2/08

“The best choices for the three open seats” – Arizona Republic, Oct. 15, 2008

It sure doesn’t get any better than that.


  1. SamVagenas says:

    That’s why they call our team the dope pusher, the dope smoker and the dope! Enjoy your new electric bill when we raise rates through the roof. It’s for your own good.

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