Elected Democratic Precinct Committeeman Chimes in on Failed Joe Arpaio Recall Effortby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 04, 2013, under joe arpaio wastes millions of tax payer dollars, Legal Immigration Reform, Mexican-American / Chicano political activism, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos are patriotic
Robert McDonald is a precinct committeeman for the Arizona Democratic Party. While some people go downtown demanding and using the same mundane rhetoric for Arpaio to resign (in essence having no affect) … there are other people who know the root of the problem resides at the federal level since immigration is protected under the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution. Pointed efforts should be for people to call Congress asking them to support immigration reform.
Sometimes mainstream media will forget to tell you the voice of the regular people. It’s important for my audience to see what the “local” reaction is of the failed recall Joe Arpaio effort from the standpoint from the ordinary local.
Robert’s voice is important because he helped Arizonans for Better Government in the first recall against the ousted Senator Russell Pearce (there were two recalls). Robert is a former Republican who turned Democrat because of the anti-immigrant growing sentiment in Arizona. He also lives in Mesa, Arizona — home of the Mormon temple and is familiar with the demographics there.
Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is the target of a recall petition.
A community organization called Arizonans for Better Government filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office Thursday afternoon, saying they will seek as many as 15,000 signatures as part of their recall effort. … The action comes as two state lawmakers filed bills to challenge the citizenship of illegal immigrants’ children. The legislation aims to establish that an Arizona citizen must be a U.S. citizen, and would define a U.S. citizen as someone who is born in the United States and has at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or a U.S. naturalized citizen.
Here is what Robert has to say:
Office of Robert Hernanez McDonald Jr. (D-Mesa) Elected Democratic Precinct Committeeman Guerrero Precinct – County of Maricopa Twenty-Sixth Legislative District
June 3, 2013
Dear Citizens and voters of Maricopa County:
Tonight I write this letter to express my disappointment in the failure of the recall against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
As many people are aware, I was part of the first recall organization to remove former Senate President Russell Pearce in early 2011 and a political campaign in my primary race against current Arizona Legislative District 26 Representative Andrew Sherwood during the 2010 Democratic Primary for the Arizona State Senate for the old Legislative District 18. So as you can see I a perspective and the right to criticize the management and operation of Respect Arizona.
Since the end of the last election cycle, we knew that Sheriff Arpaio was unbeatable despite pulling in just under 51% of the vote, by defeating Paul Penzone and Mike Stauffer. Local political pundits were saying that any recall would be a fool’s errand and a huge money making venture for the Sheriff and his minions. This was proven correct with the demise of the recall.
I initially supported the recall of Sheriff Arpaio because I believed that it was the right thing to do. I personally called for the removal of Sheriff Arpaio as far back as 2009 by recall or by federal indictment. The federal indictment never came and the recall was a colossal mismanaged failure.
So where does the blame lay? I put the blame of the failure of this recall squarely at the feet of those in charge of managing this organization. I place the blame on those who squandered over $1.3 million dollars and I place the blame on those who chose not to be completely transparent by telling the public and their volunteers the signature count with weekly updates and by not being judicious with donor’s money and resources. In addition, I place the blame on Randy Parraz for using his organization as a backdoor fundraising mechanism for Citizens for a Better Arizona and forcing this issue way too soon after the 2012 election.
So where do we go from here? We must now work to change 50 years of conservative Republican rule in Arizona and rid ourselves of the tea party extremists that haunt the halls of our state capitol. We must also fix our criminal justice system especially the offices of sheriff, justice of the peace and the county attorney. We must remove the politics from these offices and convert them to non-partisan offices because these important cogs in our criminal justice system should not be political footballs.
We must remove the authority of handling the jails from the county sheriff for our most populous counties because as we have seen the jail system used for political grandstanding and turn them back over to the power of the people by electing a county corrections commission to oversee the operation and to protect our jail tax dollars from being misspent. In addition we must insist that all our incumbents be required to debate for reelection regardless if they are Clean Elections candidates or traditional candidates by enacting legislation by either voter initiative or legislatively because an incumbent has a duty to the voters to defend their records while in office.
We as voters and responsible consumers must have the ability to know where our donations are going and how they are used. We must insist that organizations like Citizens for a Better Arizona be more transparent and we must pass laws to prohibit leadership of these so called organizations to pay themselves consulting fees or make other income from the blood, sweat, tears, and the hard earned money that people donate for a cause they believe in. When a member of management in these organizations takes home 30% or more of these donations, it is clear that these are nothing more than money making generators for those in power.
It is important that we learn from the lessons of the failure of this recall, so that we do not repeat them in the future.
Thank you and God bless us and God bless this great state of Arizona.
Mr. Robert Hernandez McDonald Jr. (D-Mesa)
Elected Precinct Committeeman
26th Legislative District