The Arizona Republic ran an article today questioning the fitness and ethics of Councilwoman Peggy Neely to run for mayor of Phoenix. As those who have been following the early race know, Neely has been reluctant to quit her job as a Phoenix council member and announce her candidacy.
Instead of declaring her candidacy, Neely has been “exploring” the possibility of running for mayor. The question is whether or not she has actually been campaigning while holding office or not. If you look at her web site it sure feels like someone is running for office. She has testimonials, she’s asking for donations, and she has a place to sign up to support her un-campaign.
Neely says everyone is crazy and there is no merit to the questions being raised about her exploratory committee. Here is a little quote from Neely in response to a few of many allegations of misconduct.
Residents in north Phoenix have accused Neely of a having a conflict of interest tied to the road expansion because some of her campaign co-chairs are zoning attorneys who represent developers that could benefit from Sonoran Boulevard.
Neely, however, has denied a conflict. She has said the plans for Sonoran Boulevard have been on the books long before she launched her exploratory committee for mayor.
There were dozens of comments at the end of the Republic article and none were too positive. Most were common sense statements about a public servant who bends to-near-breaking the laws of our state and who obviously feels she has said right. Some would call her a good ol boy if she wasn’t a she.
Here is one of my favorite comments:
If you want any kind of verification that Ms. Neely is just "more of the same", look at how she manipulates the "resign to run" law. Sure she may be "technically" within the wording of the law but do we rally want to elect someone who knowingly operates in this manner?....I do NOT. In short "Watch what they DO - not what they SAY" !
I don’t know about you but I am so tired of politicians who are self-serving verses serving the public good. Let’s vote in a great mayor this year verses a cliché politician.
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