Only one entry today in my weekly re-hash, and this week’s no-prize goes to Sonoran Alliance.
I talked to a journalist in town and he wondered why even waste time on the silliness with this photograph that the Sonorenses posted that purported to be Colleen Mathis and her husband. As reported here, the photo was really of two people who work for a non-profit whose office happens to be in the same building as Raúl Grijalva’s congressional office. This fact is confirmed by the first comment in their non-retraction written by the uncle of the young man in the photo.
By the way, in that retraction they claim to be “double-backing” on the photo to confirm the identities of the people in the picture. It only took me one text message and one phone call to find out, so it shouldn’t take long. But, I imagine that this investigation will be much like O. J.’s hunt for the real killers, ‘cept with less golf.
This isn’t the first time the photo has surfaced. It made the rounds on Facebook and at least one Republican blog (since off line) back in July. It didn’t seem to get any traction back then, probably because it was just as silly then as it was now.
Here is why I think this is worth going on about. Let’s assume for a second that Mathis and her husband decided to visit with Grijalva to draw maps for him and mess things up for that poor Ben Quayle. We are supposed to think that these meetings with Grijalva mean that Mathis was doing his bidding.
But Grijalva hated the first draft maps that came out weeks after this alleged meeting occurred. How do I know this? He called me to tell me he hated them.
Let’s make this clear: they are alleging that a deal was made, even though the congressman in question did not get what he wanted.
This is something I’ve been talking about for a while: all this Republican kvetching, whinging, crying, complaining and false outrage from la Cervecera, legislative leaders and activists is over a map that many Democrats aren’t happy with and that is largely a good deal for Republicans.
Okay. I’ve written this a half dozen times, and I’d like for at least one member of our state’s responsible press to ask Terri Proud or Frank Antenori about these things the next time they mouth off about redistricting. Here is the score:
– Republicans came to the meetings and demanded three border districts. They got them.
– Republicans came to the meetings and demanded that northern areas of Yuma get separated from Tucson. They got that.
– Republicans came to the meetings and demanded that Cochise County get separated from Tucson. They got that.
– There are four bullet proof Republican congressional districts out of nine. This is better than their actual registration numbers in the state (36%).
– There are fifteen strongly Republican legislative districts. This gives an all but guaranteed Republican legislative majority.
So, what exactly would be enough? And please, spare me the process arguments. The actions of the legislature last week show they don’t give a rat’s ass about process.
And one more thing about that picture: in their since removed post, they claimed in the comments that the picture was taken by someone that happened to be at an event in the area. Across the street, where the picture was taken from, is all houses. What sort of event was this guy at in the middle of the day in a residential area? Or, was he just parked in front of people’s houses (it looks like he was in front of my friend’s place, actually) taking pictures of young women in skirts? Someone needs to re-examine his life.