On Thursday, August 2nd, the Tucson Tea Party and KNST held an event, a debate between Supervisor Ray Carroll and his opponent Sean Collins. The simple purpose of host and moderators is to insure civility, honesty and impartiality. Sad, but most of those were NOT present under the supervision of Garret Lewis and KNST.
It was evident from the beginning the questions were tailored for Sean Collins and he had been prepped in advance. Sadly, or maybe not, even with the advantage of a sympathetic host and tailored questions he lost the debate soundly. Supervisor Carroll spoke from the heart and from his knowledge of the County Operations. Sean Collins spoke from a LOT of unfamiliar notes and it showed.
The evening started with an undertone of antagonism with Supervisor Carroll being harassed by Mr Lewis concerning a word he used during the (Private Roast) held by Save the Scenic Santa Rita’s, Randy Graf and the other pro Rosemont supporters placed it into a video and then flooded the area with it. NOW AS Paul Harvey used to say ,”The Rest of The Story” , during the opening a representative of the Tea Party while asking for donations included a comment of having to pay the “Damn School!” and that seemed rather hypocritical to me to be cursing the school which allowed you to have a meeting and at the same time have an Attack Dog in the form of a Talk Show Host attacking a Member of our Board of Supervisors.
Following are excerpts from Lewis’ talk show where he edited the recordings to make Supervisor Carroll sound offensive. I have sent these to Mr. Lewis and to Management at KNST and none responded to dispute it. This is EXACTLY what his constituents have been telling Supervisor Carroll about Rosemont and the type of behavieur Supervisor Carroll was refering to when he mentioned the untrue “advertising”.
If you wish to see more read the older story where Rod Pace and Dan Ryan claimed Rosemont was the number two tourist attraction in Arizona.
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Garrett He was getting a little testy towards the end of the interview.
Garrett Play the soundbite of Ray from the 25th.
Ray You’re just doing your business trying to get your ratings up
Garrett Is that bad?
Garrett The way you say that in that tone. It sounds pretty bad
Ray You can read it in my tone however you like
Garrett That’s exactly how I take it
Garrett Seems to me like you didn’t want newspapers and radio
stations like us that accepted advertising from Rosemont
copper and Save the scenic Santa Rita’s to actually use
that to pad our profits and pay people,
I mean that to me is anti-what you said is
anything but conservative.
Ray Listen, listen you can bring it up
Garrett It is
Ray You can just remember that was a roast
Garrett It wasn’t funny
Ray I already said—
Ray Hey, listen, some people thought your jokes about
Green Valley weren’t funny!
Garrett No they do, they do
Ray I’m trying to tell you ,your an entertainer, I’m a
politician but in the end, If you want to just, you know,
continue to beat that dead horse,I understand
Garrett Lewis cut out the ending
to make it appear more contentious.
Ray but at same time Rod and I have made amends over
what he’s done and what I’ve said
Lewiss Rod, you good with him, really quick, I am really behind.
Rod Pace You know, again I’m not going to go on that ,I’m not going to bring it up, I mean what Ray said and
I’m not going to hold it against Ray but it probably
wasn’t the right choice of words and I think Ray knows
Garret Lewis adds Section to make it appear
to be in original soundbite
not exactly a dead horse, when you curse at a business
and you think that it’s bad, that, you think ads should be banned,
It wasn’t a joke
The above is another example of how Rosemont is using their advertising dollars to try and influence our elections and an example of how the people will post anything for a dollar.
I don’t know and cannot speak for Green Valley but I find you and your show neither FUNNY
nor Informative. You tried to back shoot Supervisor Carroll but you missed.