David Smith’s Private Twilight Zone

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“In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise and the worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains is bestowed upon their conversion.”

 October 28, 2009

David Smith, Maricopa County ManagerDavid Smith’s Private Twilight Zone – It is not what you think it is

There is a place in another dimension, where a confluence of seemingly unrelated elements is found, joined by the glue of pure circumstance. That we have discovered them at all might be attributed to serendipity, though some could argue, given David Smith’s obtuse actions, our discovery was all but inevitable. The elements are basic, human behavior, the wisdom of our Founding Fathers and clueless, blundering.

Maricopa County (Arizona) County Manager David Smith is our anti-hero. Freshly emerged from a series of inept moves, one would think Mr. Smith should have learned to think seriously about the nature of cause and effect. One would think, but given his history, we know better.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, at whose pleasure Mr. Smith serves, has been involved in a long running battle against the office of the County Attorney, Andrew Thomas. Several of the board members are under criminal investigation by the County Attorney. With misguided wisdom, the Board of Supervisors has sought to undermine those investigations using a series of gimmicks including withholding much needed funds from the office of the County Attorney. That these actions have drawn considerable attention from a disapproving public is not astonishing. The local blogs has been aflame with incriminations, finger pointing and fact corrections offered by cognoscenti, as well as lesser lights.

The Board of Supervisors has not been pleased, to say the least. He, or she, caught with a hand in the cookie jar is never happy, and repeatedly, bloggers have found Board member hands in the jar, or at least have been able to report crumb-coated fingers, guilty grins and missing cookies. One would think the Board, and its appointed manager, would take the hint and strike a lower profile. One would think, but then again, logic does not seem to be a guiding principle of these people. Attempted retribution is what they pulled out of their bag of tricks yesterday, with dismal results.

David Smith is demanding that several employees of the County Attorney’s office disclose details of their communications with various media, including their private communication sent from their personal computers during non-work hours. It is here that we find the confluence of their foolishness, the First Amendment and human behavior.

Our Founding Fathers, primarily at the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, endowed upon us a legacy of freedom, based in part on these immortal words: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press… David Smith appears to be nibbling at the edges of the First Amendment, never an advisable thing to do, and in the process, has triggered the third element of our extraordinary confluence – human behavior, specifically the manifestation of aggression that comes from frustration. Psychologists tell us that more arguments result from interruption of speech than any other source. David Smith tells us to shut up; we feel frustrated and lash out ever more aggressively in our blogs.

This begs the question: why does the Board of Supervisors tolerate such behavior from their chief employee, and has the time come for him to step down? Furthermore, if they are in complicity, shouldn’t they all seek new jobs? We believe that this would be C O M M O N  S E N S E.
Who the author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine itself, not the Man. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That he is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of Influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.

– Philadelphia, February 14, 1776


  1. Hey just saw the link to here via Instapundit. I’m sorry to say that i’d never heard of this site until today, I’m glad I found it as I’ve been looking for a local blog to follow and I might as well start here. It’s now in my daily rotation. Looking forward to it.

  2. I mean HotAir, not Instapundit.

  3. Smith’s absurd demand reminds me of when I worked for a large manufacturing company in AZ. Draconian rules about how you couldn’t leave work site for lunch hour. I’m sure his demand will be met with the same attitude, “pfft, whatever”.

  4. alicia gegner says

    Here the pitch – Smith swings and misses – again. Strike four!!

    Strike FOUR?? I thought these guys would have been retired already. Smith and the BoS remind me of the gophers at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. You bop one down and another pops up.

    How did we get stuck with these geniuses? Next election, we should go down to the unemployment office and pick the first five people in line. They get to be the supervisors. My mailman Tom, can be the County Manager. Guaranteed we will have better, more honest governemnt.

    We can have simple rules – run the county like it is your house. Don’t spend more than you make, and if revenues go down, cut expenses. It is amazing what I can do around my house to make do. With a little encouragement, any department in the county can do the same.

    Oh, and what to do with the supervisors and their amazing manager? David can deliver my mail, if he can figure out how, and I can drive the five board members over to the unemployment office.

  5. What is with the awful typography and font of this post? it is virtually impossible to read. Please make your posters conform to your usual format, which has worked very well in the past.

  6. Maricopa County is at a crossroads. Do we want collaboration and cooperation or confrontation and coercion from our elected officials and by extension their hirees? Are we willing to support professional, ethical, character driven leadership or self-serving single-minded ideology from politicians who may have something to hide and who are not afraid to use their position to mask questionable activities? Do we want open government focused on solving difficult issues or diversion aimed at division of purpose and meaningful problem solving? Our future is up to US. We must step up and tell those in power what we expect and then support those who have the character we expect in public office. It’s ultimately up to us to either step up or shut up. I for one am not ready to be quiet. How about you?

  7. East Valley PC says

    I’m tired of Rs who can’t lead. My examination of candidates in the next round of elections is going to begin and end by looking at character. Where have all the leaders gone?

  8. Why do they call them “supervisors?” They don’t seem to supervise anything, certainly not Smith. They need to send that slime back to whatever rock he slithered out from under. Does Smith have pictures of the Supervisors with farm animals? It must be something for them to allows this nut job to continue. Smith is the root cause of most of the lawsuits. If any of these board members expect to have a continuing future in politics, it time to step up and remove this freak.

    The extraordinary and alarming lengths take to protect Stapley says a lot about the entire group. No respect for the Constitution or for the taxpayer. We are just cash cows to them.

  9. This guy has been all ego since the day he arrived in Maricopa County. The Stupidvisors allow him to do whatever he wants. They report to him.

    It looks like this time he is getting national attention. Check out this site:


  10. Still acting beyond stupid says

    You guys are still shooting total blanks.

    The Joe and Andy show is coming to an end.

    Defending total idiocy by both side is impossible.

    But some Federal indictments will be a game changer- so I guess that any contributions to Joe and Andy will be used to pay their private high powered attorneys.

    Good Luck to the Republicans running next november- all of those pics next to Joe and Andy are going to be instant pizen.


    The republicans have managed to drive their party into a big wide ditch.

    And no Rinos left to even look reasonable.

    Thanks guys.

    Republicans in 2018! Their next shot at governor.

  11. “Still acting beyond stupid Says”
    Your name says it all.

  12. Why didn’t I take the blue pill instead of the red one!

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