District 4 Board of Supervisors Contest Chapter 2by Robert Harris on Jul. 28, 2012, under Pima County, politics, Rosemont copper, Rosemont Mine, Tucson
Chapter 2 of the convoluted story concerning Rosemont copper Corporation and their attempt to manipulate County, State and Federal Government Elections. More unusual than it would seem, the positions of County supervisors are very important in monitoring the Rosemont copper (Augusta resource) permit applications. Understanding this it appears that the Rosemont copper mine’s intention is to try to remove Supervisor Ray Carroll from office because he will not bend to their will.
It’s amazing how the children’s game of “rumors” can be applied so closely to real life.
The rules of the game are:
The first person has a rumor of 3 to 4 sentences whispered in his ear. he whispers this rumor in the next players ear and this is repeated several times. What is the outcome after all players has gotten the rumor? The resulting story is always different.
The PR work being spread and performed by the representatives of Rosemont copper are somewhere in the same pattern. Spread a rumor, watch it grow and mutate as it goes from organization to organization.
I will give 2 simple examples:
1. Rosemont pays for advertisements that tries to convince the public that Rosemont copper is the number two tourist attraction in Arizona.
2. Rosemont claims 2100 jobs will be produced from the proposed open pit mine.
Who amongst the organizations has tried to verify that number? Large major corporations operating mines in the Tucson area (Sierrata) claim a number of less than 2.2 indirect to direct. Rosemont copper is claiming in excess of 4.18. How is it that a working mine (with accounting procedures in place) is only able to produce a little over 50% of the percentage Rosemont claims?
My answer to those two examples has to be the organizations really don’t want to admit the truth to those they are responsible to. Union leaders hang on the number, like magic they believe that it will hold the members in the union. Those whose jobs it is, and responsibilities it’s supposed to be, to generate new employment for Pima County jump on the number and then point at the Pima County Board of Supervisors and say, “it’s their fault, it’s their fault. If it weren’t for them we would have these jobs” …. Misdirection, half-truths and sometimes just a lie.
Rosemont Copper Corporation, child company of Augusta resource has on file at this moment in time over 3000 job applications. Does everyone think they’re going to run out to the National Forest and get a job with Rosemont Copper? On the other side of the coin, Sierrata Mining has at least 40 jobs open. This is employment they cannot find qualified workers for.
In today’s marketplace of advertising it appears there is someone, somewhere who will take money to spread these rumors. I don’t really believe I need to list every Corporation that is doing so, either information radio or news broadcast who are slaves to the Rosemont PR dollar.
In District 4 of the Pima County Board of Supervisors we have a representative in Ray Carroll who honestly cares about his constituents and the effects of some of this misleading advertising. Because of this, and because he truly wants to represent his constituents Mr. Carroll is being ambushed and attacked by coalition after coalition. These groups are the same organizations and coalitions that will not take the time to actually research out the Rosemont copper project.
One example of this attack and ambush is from the radio talk show on KNST during the morning of the 25th. One small part of the audio was utilized on the 27th during the talk show with Southern Arizona Business Coalition organizers Rick Grinnell and Bill Assenmacher. That portion of the audio from the 25th was edited by the talk show host to make it appear that supervisor Carroll was more contentious and rude than he actually was.
When I started this blog in the Tucson citizen. I was told one of the primary rules was not to edit comments, I could delete a comment, but I could not change it. I would have thought the talkshow host, Garrett Lewis, would have also been under the same restrictions. Garrett Lewis is scheduled to be the moderator of a debate between supervisor Ray Carroll and challenger Sean Collins on August 2. From what I’ve seen so far, Mr. Lewis will not be what one could consider neutral.
Supervisor Carroll, thank you for representing your constituents and thank you for being an honest politician.