(Nearly) Entire Tucson City Council Endorses Carmona

Richard Carmona’s campaign has announced that the entire Tucson City Council has endorsed him.

And by that they mean six council members, even Republican Steve Kozachik. Here is Kozachik from the release:

I know Dr. Carmona as a man of integrity, a high achiever, a man of compassion for the underserved and a man who has been giving back to the Tucson and Pima County for decades. Since he is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, from a political standpoint, I don’t have a dog in that fight.

And yet, from the standpoint of wanting to see a person emerge from that primary who I believe would best represent us with a set of values that very much mirror my own, I most certainly have a dog in that fight. Dr. Carmona is Southern Arizona’s own local hero. I’m honored to be associated with a person of his caliber.

Karin Uhlich notes that Carmona believes that “government should not interfere with the private medical decisions between a woman and her doctor,” a statement likely made to blunt the questions raised by Don Bivens’s campaign about Carmona’s commitment to reproductive choice.

By the way, the Carmona folks don’t seem to be counting among members of the council newly sworn in Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who has yet to endorse. Maybe they haven’t read the city charter.

Full release after the jump.

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Pura Boca y No Hay Nalgas

Remember when Tyler Vogt first filed to run for City Council? He sent out a strongly worded open letter that demanded the immediate resignation of Shirley Scott.

Big talk.

He was so proud of this obnoxious flourish that for a while excerpts from the letter were on every page of his website.

I guess we were supposed to see this as some sort of boldness. You know: he’s the guy that’s man enough to stick it to the powers that be. All those hippie, wussy lefties that have run Tucson into the ground will quake at the prospect of Tyler Vogt on the City Council. He’ll show us, that’s for darned sure.

So, when it came time for Vogt to step up and give those people on the Star editorial board a what for, why he…

refused to meet with them at all.

Parallels are being drawn with folks like Al Melvin and Frank Antenori, who refused to meet with the Star in the last election. It’s a bit worse though. A legislator doesn’t deal with constituents on a daily basis the way a council member does. Does Tyler only plan on meeting with people in his ward that are in agreement with him? Heck, constituents aside: should he be elected, does he plan on talking to other council members?

The funny part is that the Star has been the bête noire of Democrats on the council, and he still thinks they’ll be unfair to him? Cry me a freakin’ river.

This guy is talking like he’s going all clenched fist in the air standing up to the man, but he doesn’t think he can even handle a couple of questions from Josh Brodesky and Bobbie Jo Buel.


Two years ago, all three Republican candidates for council showed up for a Pima County Interfaith Council accountability forum. I didn’t think the three of them gave the best answers, but they were willing to show up to what was probably the most hostile audience they could deal with in that campaign. I gotta give them props for that. I guess Republicans were made of sterner stuff back then.

From The Annals of Hubris

This is one of the odder campaign missives I’ve seen. Here’s Tyler Vogt in an “open letter” to Shirley Scott that got published over at Sonoran Alliance:

Dear Mrs. Scott:

I am writing to inform you that I have officially submitted my paperwork to run for City Council, Ward 4 in the 2011 Tucson City Election.

I offer you the opportunity to resign from this race with your dignity and your reputation intact. If you choose to remain in the race, you will be opting for a complete exhibition of your performance as a city council member. This information will be presented to the public without personal attacks. It is, after all, your record.

Our city’s future is at stake and the citizens of Tucson cannot afford to have the city continue in decline as we are currently witnessing. The citizens of Tucson deserve to have a knowledgeable, motivated individual seeking to change our city’s course from the sunset of past failures to the dawn of Tucson’s prosperous future.

I am that motivated individual and I take this election and our city’s future as an imperative “must win” situation, both for my family’s future and our city’s longevity. I believe the citizens of Tucson will agree.


Tyler Vogt

No personal attacks, but he promises to ruin her reputation and dignity. Okay.

Hand Wringing

I’ve been amused by the handwringing over the Democratic Party’s endorsement of Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott.

Apparently, we are supposed to be shocked that the a party establishment has lined up to protect its incumbents. Shocking.

This brings up the drawback to being the candidate that takes on the establishment: the establishment tends not to support you. Once again, shocking.

The move by the Pima County Democratic Executive Committee codified something that was already going on among the candidates. Mayoral Candidate Jonathan Rothschild was already walking with Regina Romero, and there were plans among the other incumbents to cooperate.

Former Senator Luís Gonzales sent a letter to Pima County Democratic Chairman Jeff Rogers decrying the move on behalf of his candidate, Joe Flores. Gonzales shouldn’t exactly be surprised by the move: his run against Mo Udall in 1986 effectively ended his career in electoral politics. I understand that he was perplexed that the local party establishment wasn’t on board with him back them either.

Had a candidate like Miguel Ortega made the race, not only would there have not been the votes on the committee pass the endorsement, I doubt it would have even been brought up. Some of Flores’s actions make it hard to take him seriously as a candidate. He refused to answer questions (even simple biographical ones) from a local political reporter, instead refering him to his supporter, Jesse Lugo. His campaign material doesn’t lay out much of a case against Romero, instead takes a shot at Raúl Grijalva. It makes it sound like the guy is a put up candidate from two people who are using this race as a way to carry on their decades long feud with Grijalva rather than having anything to do with how Tucson is governed, or even the woman that holds the office.

I saw that David Morales is angry about the endorsement over at Three Sonorans. It surprises me that Morales would take Flores’s side in this given how strong Morales has been on issues like ethnic studies and SB 1070. For all of his talk about Democrats not being progressive enough, it’s odd for him to throw in with Lugo’s crowd.