Laurie Roberts Arizona Republic
(CNT) City News And Talk
#gilbert-az | #chandler-az | #tempe-az | #mesa-az | #scottsdale-az | #phoenix-az | #glendale-az | #peoria-az
Opinion: Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips borrows a page from Donald Trump’s playbook in a campaign that smacks of desperation.
Scottsdale City Councilman Guy “I Can’t Breathe” Phillips is once again sounding the alarm.
It seems one of Arizona’s toniest suburbs is poised to become … Portland. Or perhaps some other hotbed of civil unrest.
Unless he is re-elected, that is.
Phillips, as you may recall, is the genius who in March revealed a previously undisclosed secret about the pandemic sweeping the planet.
“Hate to break this to all of the morons who call themselves Journalists,” Phillips wrote on his Facebook page. “COVID literally stands for ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’ and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China.”
Actually, COVID-19 stands for Corona (CO) Virus (VI) Disease (D), according to the CDC, and 19 designates the year in which it was discovered in Wuhan, China.
And who can forget Phillips’ June rally outside Scottsdale City Hall to protest the countywide mask mandate? “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” he proclaimed, before ripping off his mask and rolling his eyes, to the applause of the 200-strong crowd.
“I can’t breathe” has been the slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement since 2014, words tragically repeatedly just weeks before Phillips’ outburst as George Floyd lay dying beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
Phillips apologized for being uninformed and acting basically like a jerk, and Scottsdale voters gave him another chance.
Elect Phillips … or face the apocalypse?
In August, he came in fifth out of nine candidates running for the City Council, leaving him still is in the running for one of the three seats up for grabs on Nov. 3.
Thus comes his recent letter mailed out to “fellow Republicans” in Scottsdale, warning that Democrats “are organized and on a mission” to take over city hall.
“The ramifications of that are what you see in Seattle, Kenosha, Portland and Minnesota,” he wrote.
According to Phillips, “Democrat candidates John Little and Tammy Caputi (who both recently changed to Independent to fool you) are poised to defund the police, raise your taxes, and allow criminals to run rampant as their punishment for perceived systemic racism,” he wrote. “Would they vote to paint a Black Lives Matter mural at City Hall? We simply cannot allow this to happen.”
More to the point, based upon primary election results, Caputi and Little are poised to defeat Phillips, the only incumbent seeking re-election in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan race.
Oh for the days, when city council candidates debated the merits of zoning restrictions and street repairs and such
Instead, we have Phillips ushering into city politics the infection that already is ravaging state and federal races.
To wit: Beware the apocalypse, unless I’m re-elected.
Caputi and Little refute his claims
Phillips did not respond to my request for evidence to back up his claims that Caputi and Little stand ready “to defund the police, raise your taxes and allow criminals to run rampant as their punishment for perceived systemic racism”.
So I asked the two accused candidates — both of whom, by the way, have been endorsed by the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association and the Scottsdale Firefighters Association — about their nefarious agenda.
Caputi says she changed her registration from Democrat to independent three years ago.
“I am a 20-plus year Scottsdale business owner, homeowner and parent who wants to keep our taxes low and our neighborhoods safe for our kids,” she said. “Not one of Phillips’ ridiculous assertions are in any of my campaign materials or public comments because they are complete fabrications from a desperate candidate who doesn’t have anything positive to say, so he resorts to lies and fear and false narratives. I am not in support of painting murals of any kind at City Hall – that is completely absurd, and barely requires a response.”
Little says he changed his registration to independent long ago, while working for the city. He’s a former city manager and before that, was chief of staff to legendary Mayor Herb Drinkwater — a guy who he says once told him “potholes aren’t Democrats or Republicans, they just need fixing.”
“Guy’s rantings are simply the manifestation of his dark imagination,” Little told me. “No thinking citizen should give any oxygen to such outrageous lies from a troubled candidate who has already been deemed ‘unfit to serve’ by nearly everyone from the governor, his own neighbors to his colleagues on the city council. Perhaps he will get the help he needs.”
Perhaps voters in Scottsdale will lend the overwrought Phillips a hand, freeing up his time so that he can get that help and the city can get real leaders who don’t see boogiemen behind every bush.
How did this guy ever get elected … twice?