Here’s a bit of a follow-up to something I wrote last week.
You may remember that I posted a press release from Richard Carmona’s campaign which announced that the entire Tucson City Council, including Republican Steve Kozachik, endorsed Carmona. It was my inclusion of Kozachik that raised hackles with one of my frequent commenters.
The commenter made the claim that Kozachik did not endorse Carmona, and asserted that he had talked to a member of Kozachik’s staff to verify this. I don’t know who he talked to, but aides in council offices are often non-political and don’t necessarily keep up with what electoral decisions their bosses make.
Either I misread the press release, or I made it up. He’s either saying I’m illiterate or that I’m a liar. Oh, and apparently political reporter in Southern Arizona is too.
I’ll admit that I didn’t speak with Kozachik. I wanted to since his office is walking distance from my house. I didn’t get around to it, and that’s a big part of why I didn’t write a response to the claims by the commenter.
The question in my mind was, if Kozachik didn’t like the assertion that he made an endorsement, one that was widely reported, wouldn’t he have called someone, somewhere in the local media? He ain’t exactly press-shy, and local reporters seem really like quoting him.
Well, the Star went ahead and called him. Apparently, surprise surprise, Republican party activists are up in arms over the endorsement, so this is a big deal. Well, all Republican party activists are angry except a certain district chair who thinks the whole thing was made up by me.
As it turns out, Kozachik told Rhonda Bodfield that the story was true.
By the way, I also found out that Kozachik had a hand in writing the press release.
I don’t expect an apology, but I am anxious to see a certain person claim that the whole story is still just made up or that he never really said it was fake.