Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash called in to Jon Justice’s show the other day to take on Pima County Democratic Chairman Jeff Rogers for opposing Proposition 200. The theme of the show seemed to be that Prop 200 opponents had been making “personal attacks” and not talking the issues. Left unstated was that Justice’s own show would consist of not much more than weather and traffic reports if personal attacks were excluded.
Ash, while decrying personal attacks, goes on to make his own, calling Rogers “pompous” (Hey, pot, I think you and kettle would get along well) and the Democratic council candidates “beyond contempt.” Way to keep it on issues, Bruce.
Most remarkable is his hit on Rogers for living safe in his “midtown home” while his “kids go to school” (eh?) but if he’d talk to a few “brown people” on the South and West sides, he’d understand what sort of crime problem we have. You can check out the clip here.
First off, Ash makes the assumption that violent crime in Tucson is some sort of phenomenon on the South Side. He oughta check TPD’s own stats on the matter and he may be surprised at where crime actually occurs in the city.
Second: “brown people”? Really, Bruce? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say it wasn’t racism (although, you were assuming that high crime means hispanic neighborhoods despite evidence). Don’t worry though, I’m not cutting you a break on this one. I know you thought you were showing solidarity to the people you call “brown,” but it rang a hollow.
I work on the South Side, have family on the South Side, and when I was younger, I spent days at my Nana’s house near 12th and Valencia. When I hear a guy who hobnobs with the likes of Randy Pullen and rarely shows his head South of Broadway express some sudden care for “brown” people on the South Side, it doesn’t come off as empathy. Sorry, Bruce, it’s good old fashioned patronizing and nothing more.