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Re: “Incompetent or Ingenious?

so you're saying you believe the recall was simply inept and had nothing to do with a secret agenda of discouraging any other recall attempts. You know the conspiracy theory that generated any interest in this ridiculous "story". I, too, invested time, money, sweat, hope and fearlessness here in Maricopa County, you know the extreme right wing county and Ms. Pryor kept us completely up to date on any new information. If it wasn't for her tenacity the Secretary of State's office would have gotten away with much more than they did. The SOS was completely lackadasical in the information they provided. The effectively made a maze out of what should be a neutral process.

Posted by gpscentral on 07/07/2011 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Incompetent or Ingenious?

@ Terry....I never considered this a "cat fight"...that's sort of weird verbage to use in a discussion about a very important topic. What I would say to you, however, is Mimi Pryor risked and staked her entire reputation to go way out on a limb to make a difference. You, on the other hand, are standing on the ground, looking up at that limb and criticizing. It's a much easier position to stand and point, isn't it? The recall effort was neither Incompentent nor was it Ingenious, which implies an agenda other than a bonafide recall. The recall effort was a history making attempt to remove a dangerous, imbecile from office. I was privileged to give it my best effort and I consider it a success in many, many ways.

Posted by gpscentral on 07/07/2011 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Incompetent or Ingenious?

Shame on Mr. Vanderpool. He calls himself a journalist? Even worse, his editor allowed this shoddy piece of reporting. I would like to hand him 67 blank pages that require 15 signatures on each page and so he can determine, for himself, the dedication it takes to acquire even 1,000 signatures. We knew it was a formidable task before we started, history shows it's a long shot. Ms. Pryor was dedicated to the recall from the beginning and she was genuine, sincere and sacrificed much time and energy to get it done.

Just for the record, I raised three children with no help from their father or any government program. I am now a grandmother of seven. I have worked all my adult life and run a small business. I am a lifelong democrat and a community activist. I am not naive by any stretch of the imagination and I had complete faith that Ms. Pryor was in this recall for all the RIGHT reasons. I have never seen anyone so driven to get the job done. She was relentless in that pursuit.

Ms. Pryor wasn't the one who "confused" people with an online petition. There was another "online petition" that was circulating from a completely different group. It wasn't official through the SOS but one of those created online just to send a "message" to Brewer that the citizens were unhappy with her performance. Further, Matt Roberts, spokesman for the SOS is wrong, flat WAS the SOS who was less than forthright with the correct information regarding county specific signatures. What else would you expect him to say, he's got to cover their butts. I experienced the "bad attitude" at the SOS myself the day I dropped off the signed petitions. Mary was at the front and when I put the carton of signatures up on the counter....she looked completely disgusted and said something to the tune of ...why are you dropping them off? OBVIOUSLY there aren't enough. A less experienced person might have taken the carton full of valuable signatures and left which is what she wanted. Instead I said....."So you're refusing them? I don't know the particulars so I will need something in writing that says you're refusing them". Only then, did she decide she better go ask. What she found out was that they are OBLIGATED to count them. Misinformation is standard at SOS but you won't hear that out of Matt Roberts.

This paranoid conspiracy theory should have been checked out more thoroughly than Vanderpool bothered to do. Facts, gee who needs facts? Perhaps I should spin a theory and pitch it to Vanderpool and I can get my 15 minutes of fame in the Tucson Weekly.

Here's the bottomline for me. If Mimi Pryor asked me to sacrifice my time and effort to get rid of the evil, stupid, puppet of a governor we have, I would do it all over again. She earned my respect and admiration and I'd follow her lead. I also have to set Vanderpool straight about the HARD EARNED 37,500 signatures we gathered. Although we didn't get enough to recall HER we definitely had a positive effect and I consider that a complete success.

Posted by gpscentral on 07/07/2011 at 8:56 AM

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