South Park Avenue Commissars Speak

On Sunday, October 16, the Arizona Daily Red Star delivered its endorsements for the City Council contests. I’ll cut to the punchline; they endorsed Kathleen Dunbar and Nina Trasoff.

I was a little leery (no, not the Timothy kind) at first when they opened up by saying the following:

“All four agree on one thing, though, labeling themselves not as members of any party but as transcendent ‘progressives.’”

Please, there is very little “transcendent” about political campaigns. Perhaps the South Park Avenue commissars are trying to protect us from the harsh realities. The term “progressive” is code for “commie/socialist”. Now, few people will vote for a commie or a socialist, but they just might vote for a progressive if he gave them free medicine and warehoused their children for them.

The candidacy of George McGovern in 1972 is considered by many to mark the point at which the Leftists finally seized control of the Democrat Party. McGovern was a member of the Progressive Party before joining the Democrats.

When Trasoff stated publicly that the Democrats want to create a “progressive majority” on the council, she did not have any Republicans in mind.

Fred Ronstadt, Trasoff’s opponent, understood that, given the five to three voter registration advantage the Democrats have in our fair city, he could not allow her to use codewords to rally her base; so, he’s been using “progressive majority” to refer to the current makeup of the council. Right on Fred! Two points for Team Ronstadt!

Anyway, the point is that all the candidates are excruciatingly aware of party affiliation. It’s the Blue County reality that is giving the Democrats hope and motivating their get-out-the-vote efforts, and keeping the Republicans speaking in terms of individuals.

After examining and interviewing Trasoff, the South Park Avenue folks compiled all of her talents, insights, and solutions to Tucson’s problems that voters would find compelling, and stated the following:

“We believe Democrat Nina Trasoff is right for the job, too, as a candidate who can bring fresh perspective to the council and a capacity to balance the competing interests of a diverse and growing city”

Uh…O.K. She’s a Democrat. Is that what you meant to say? From there, they went on to list he shortcomings.

As you might imagine, they found plenty wrong with Ronstadt – wrong from their perspective that is. For example:

“Ronstadt continues his pattern of driving a wedge between the governments of Tucson and Pima County at a time when a new spirit of cooperation is emerging between these two local governments.”

Last time I checked, Ronstadt supported the Regional Transportation Authority, so he is hip to the new spirit; and if blowing the whistle on the theft of money by the County for road improvements (22nd Street) is “driving a wedge”, well, give him a bigger mallet.

“Last week, in an interview with the Star editorial board, he reiterated his opposition to an ultimately successful county bond package in May 2004, which provided money for projects including an emergency communications system and the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

Ronstadt objected to the process, he said, and complained that too little was allocated for emergency communications. He stood virtually alone among community leaders in his opposition to the bonds, demonstrating a troubling inability to compromise on such a historic step forward.”

Well, one man’s “inability to compromise” is another man’s standing on principle and conviction amidst a wave of “progressive” insanity.

It’s difficult to adequately describe the achievements of Kathleen Dunbar. Let me just point out that she has won over most of the neighborhood leaders who campaigned passionately against her four years ago – including Vicki Hart, and the late Judi Stern to name a couple. Take a few minutes to contemplate all the implications of that achievement alone.

Other than being a leftist, I can find nothing wrong with Karin Unlich. In fact, I admire her for the decades of work that she has performed in service to our community. She has chosen a tough candidate to oppose. She really appears to be grasping at straws as she tries to find problems with Dunbar. Even the South Park Editorial Board, in one sentence, seems to acknowledge both her Leftism, and her desperation to find something with which to criticize Dunbar.

“She also goes overboard on Dunbar’s ties with the business community, speaking in ominous tones of any alliance with this vital segment of the Tucson community.”

So there you have it. One right, one wrong. Better than I expected.

By the way, in an effort to accentuate the positive, I wish to congratulate Steve Leal for changing his mind and not using his matching funds tax money as soft money after all.

More to come!