by Dan Gibson
As an Arizona Republican, I appreciate the work the Center for Arizona Policy puts into keeping our state a high-ground of moral and economic standards. When some rogue legislator tried to crack down on bullying, the president of the CAP, Cathi Herrod, was there to make sure that God-fearing Arizona children would not need to hear ugly words or something. I wasn't entirely clear on that one.
Thankfully, the CAP has released the results of their pre-election survey of Arizona candidates (well, the Republican ones willing to respond, at least) to find out their positions on such issues as repealing Obamacare (yes!) to granting domestic partners the same benefits as married couples (no!).
However, one candidate wasn't willing to commit fully to the questioning process, leaving certain questions unanswered, so as part of our series "Asking Frank Antenori Questions He Won't Possibly Answer," we wonder:
Frank Antenori, what is your official policy regarding strippers?
One question on the survey for candidates seeking state office (which much to his chagrin, still includes Frank) was "Prohibiting touching or tipping dancers and fully nude performances in sexually oriented businesses...support or oppose?" This is an idea that the Center for Arizona Policy has floated before, going as far as convincing former Rep. Steve Court to introduce a bill that went nowhere.
Not surprisingly, most of the candidates who answered the survey in Southern Arizona (in LD 9, Ethan Orr actually submitted a nuanced explanation of how his political beliefs are informed by his faith but that he feels like our state's problems are more complex than a series of yes or no questions, of all things) were willing to come out as anti-stripper. Al Melvin? Anti-stripper. Ted Vogt? Anti-stripper. Todd Clodfelter? Seemingly pro-stripper, although it's possible he misunderstood the question.
Frank, however, didn't answer, so we're left to wonder whether he believes women (or possibly men) should be allowed to shake their money-makers in the state of Arizona?
What do you say, Frank?
If you're interested in the rest of the survey results, they can be found at the totally not-partisan-at-all site, azvoterguide.com.