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. 

Alleged gay basher Slade Mead accuses Jan Brewer of “striving to lead us back into the ’50’s”

On his blog, The Dry Heat, former State Senator Slade Mead expresses his dismay that Secretary of State Jan Brewer might become Governor should Janet Napolitano resign to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Mead writes:

“We are going to see a stream of legislative garbage flow over her desk and happily get signed into law because Brewer, in my opinion, is striving to lead us back into the ’50’s.”

This is an interesting assertion coming from Mead, given his own efforts to ‘turn back the clock.’

During his 2006 race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mead was accused of using the sexual orientation of his opponent, Jason Williams, as a campaign issue.

This what the Tucson Citizen reported at the time:

“During a recent television interview in Tucson, [Jason] Williams announced he is gay. Then he accused Mead of engineering a whispering campaign about his homosexuality.

It was an extraordinary exchange when the two candidates appeared on “Arizona Illustrated,” the nightly local news program on KUAT-TV, Channel 6.

After a friendly, 15-minute discussion in which Mead and Williams agreed on most everything, it was time for each to make a closing statement.

Mead went first, stressing he has long been active in Arizona public schools “as a father, as a site council member, as a PTA volunteer.”

The comment about being a father touched a nerve with Williams.

“With all due respect, Slade, I have to say one comment that you made, too, about being a parent, I feel there is something that I do need to address here tonight in light of just basic fairness,” Williams said.

” … We agreed that we were going to run a clean and honest campaign, and frankly, I’m deeply concerned over comments some of his supporters have made to some of my supporters in recent weeks insinuating that because I am a single gay man, that they should be afraid to vote for me to become the nominee of this party,” he said.

…Williams said that when he made campaign appearances, Mead supporters infiltrated the audience. “They said, ‘You know how Slade is a parent and Jason is a single gay man and we don’t think he should be school superintendent,’ ” Williams said.”

 

 If bashing the sexual orientation of a political opponent isn’t 1950’s type behavior, what is?