In the now infamous words of Congressional candidate Ben Quayle, I am writing this article “to try to drive some traffic”. Would the term “try” also apply to the idea of being truthful? As in; I’m trying to be honest but being a want-to-be politician I cannot. Perhaps in this case it applies, and in many cases involving would-by politicians, actual politicians, and past politicians. One has to wonder why “try” rather than simply tell the truth, which could actually be worse – to deny and get caught or to admit to an issue and deal with the consequences? How many times has this happened where the denial is quickly caught by the truth and yet many return to the same predicament? Although in the case of our past President Clinton I believe he stated that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman” as he was referring to the implication of intercourse, which he did not (supposedly), he only allowed matters to be performed upon him, thus a matter of semantics which now provides for greater latitude when attempting to deny the act.
In addition to young Quayle’s weak explanation of matters he states that “This is four years ago”, when the site was started in 2007, which to my calculations was only three years ago. Where is this candidate’s damage control people, why is he doing the talking, it’s obvious that rather than put a spin on matters he is creating greater damage and igniting the fire from a different end. It wasn’t bad enough that his opponents were calling into question the idea of how someone that hasn’t spent any considerable time in the state represent us, nor has he even cast a ballot for any local Arizona election. Now he has to defend this issue with greater fortitude as a result of his desire to deny rather than accept. This flaw is not simply relegated to him, but rather to politicians as a whole in many ways, it has come to signify the norm.
His lack of tenure in the state is nothing new as we only need to look as far as Hillary Clinton, you know – the native of Illinois who went to Yale before becoming a resident of Arkansas only to become the Senator from New York, upon her becoming a resident of that state of course. So why is poor Ben being singled-out? Albeit his parents reside in Paradise Valley, Ben has only elected to spend the past few years here in the state, which is considerably more than what Hillary did and she was voted-in as the Senator for New York. However, to my recollection; Hillary did not post comments to a website similar to that of DirtyScottsdale.com in which she later had to deny doing so.
Young Ben appears to have a great deal to learn, not only about life but about the people he expects to support and elect him, and by becoming a Congressman from this great state I don’t believe he will achieve that by living in Washington DC. Ben needs to learn integrity and honesty, in addition to the needs of the people of Arizona before he is sent packing to Washington DC where just as he has failed to learn that honesty is the best policy he will fail to properly represent the constituents of Arizona.
I’m not an opponent of young Ben but given the antics of the local Maricopa politicians who seem eager to find their names in the media for another tit-for-tat incident, I believe the people of Arizona deserve something better, someone who has resided amongst us and understands the people and needs of Arizona. Thus you have to question his support as you wonder why. Knowing that he has failed to live among us and immerse himself in the politics of Arizona why would they want to send such a young pup into the belly of the beast known to us as the U.S. Congress, where under-the-table deals are made and those lacking in the intricacies are simply made hand-maidens for those who possess the cunning of a fox. Arizona needs representation, strong representation that will vote on issues concerning Arizona not as a means of supporting the party but rather as a means of supporting the constituents of Arizona.
If politicians support politicians then who supports the constituents? After these past two years of partisanship don’t we deserve, as Arizonans, better representation? Enough is enough; we don’t elect officials to offices simply to play politics we elect officials to represent constituents, to create legislation and to work matters out, not to act as children. These past two years have appeared as though those elected have either said; “If we can’t have it our way then we’re not playing”, or “It’s our ball so you have to play by our rules”. Is this what we expect, or do we expect better? We will not reach that point if we continue to elect those who have reduced the political spectrum to childish behavior and antics, we can only achieve this through change, a change in the officials who represent us and understand that their vow to the people is more important that of the party, parties that continually reward those who stay-in-line rather than those who stand for what they believe in and understand why they are there. Each party has something to offer, common ground must be found before it can be realized. There has to be a happy medium that exists, a medium that can only be achieved when all involved choose to explore rather than take a side. This is our opportunity, our time, to take control back and place it into the hands of the people rather than the politicians, the party, and the corporations that support them. Just remember that come Election Day; whether it is a primary or a general election, your vote counts.
As for young Ben, he has potential, potential that can only be realized by becoming an Arizonan not another Washington bureaucrat. He has made his mistake, although I doubt he has learned from it at this point as he fails to accept blame for his actions, pointing to a smear campaign rather than standing tall, admitting to his indiscretion, and moving forward. Arizonan’s need and deserve greater integrity, now and forever.