After initially sidestepping a question about the Iraq war, Bee said, “I believe that this war has been poorly executed, and there have been many mistakes made along the way, but at the same time, it’s going to be extremely important that we have a successful outcome.”
Before he could respond to follow-up questions, though, Garrick Taylor, a Republican consultant, interjected that Bee would “save the discussion of the issues for whether the senator decides he wants to be a candidate.”
At first blush, one notices that Bee is reluctant to answer questions. One wonders why Bee, who has been in the legislature for four terms and has a brother who was in for years before that, would need a handler to interrupt him and make sure he doesn’t say the “wrong thing.”
But, check out who the handler is: Garrick Taylor, late of the State Republican Party. Taylor was one of the staffers who quit rather than work for Randy Pullen. Actually, they all quit rather than work for Randy Pullen. Taylor had the uneviable job of having to push some of the sillier stories coming out of Republican headquarters and the Len Munsil campaign, most infamously, the bizarre flyergate faux-scandal. Taylor probably can’t be blamed for much of this (bad material to work with), but that didn’t stop us wags from making fun of him.
Here is the funny part for me: just last week, Taylor was identified as a spokesman for Wake Up Arizona, a group founded to oppose the recently passed employer sanctions law. Now, this week, he is identified as a consultant for Bee. Bee, as President of the State Senate, was instrumental in the passage of that law, and probably will be campaigning on it. It would be one thing if Wake Up was a group with a broad agenda and they and Bee disagreed on this one issue. However, Wake Up only has one issue, repeal of the employer sanctions bill and many of the people funding the group have vowed to defeat legislators who supported the bill.
How exactly is this supposed to work?