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 EspressoPundit.com 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.