A bit of dissention in the District 26 delegation this week.
Al Melvin took to calling several of his fellow Republicans “RINOs” on a radio show last month for supporting a temporary sales tax hike. There was a bit of a delayed reaction from Vic Williams, one particular object of Melvin’s ire.
Williams published an op-ed calling Melvin out for breaking the “11th Commandment” and criticizing his fellow Republican. Of course, Williams himself is doing this too, now, isn’t he?
Interestingly, Williams’s piece doesn’t address the merits of the issue at hand: a temporary sales tax hike to support education.
Williams isn’t happy. This from his piece in the Northwest Explorer:
I believe Senator Melvin’s comments are more a reflection of his ethics and standards than of my proven fiscally conservative, pro-business voting record. Back in July of 2009 at a public forum the both of us attended, where we were the featured speakers, Senator Melvin tried trashing me then, but it didn’t go so well for him. By the end of the night he was being heckled by a rather fiscally conservative crowd. The difference this time is that he did it on the radio when I was not there to defend myself. I am not sure why he engages in such divisive rhetoric, but I am willing to take him on when he does so.
He’s challenging Melvin to a series of debates, and he reiterated his challenge in an e-mail blast today. Not alltogether sure what they will debate, given Melvin is presumably running for relection to the State Senate and Williams is running for Pima County Supervisor.
The more important question is: who do I root for?