The trajectory of the Phoenix mayor's race is perhaps already locked in. But a few other considerations should be added to my previous two posts on the issue (here and here). Some signs are telling. For example, in a television interview, Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, was wearing a prominent Wes Gullett button. Gullett's old boss, John McCain, attended a reception for the candidate earlier this summer. And Peggy Neely was endorsed by Gov. Jan Brewer.
This is all you need to know about these two candidates. Bidwill refused to allow the taxpayer-funded stadium to be built in downtown Phoenix, choosing Glendale instead because of the copious opportunities for no-strings-attached adjacent development that could further benefit his family. Why does he care about the city of Phoenix, especially the central city upon which the entire city will rise or fall? As for Brewer, it's highly inappropriate for a governor to take sides in a municipal election. And Brewer is a creature of the suburbs, Phoenix's competitors and, in many cases, saboteurs. What's Neely to her or she to Neely?
Let us count the hidden agendas.
As for Brewer, she and the Kookocracy want their hands on the city's budget and levers of power. Her Republican Party is very different from the GOP that played a large role in the non-partisan mayoral and council politics of Phoenix from the 1950s through the 1990s. It is radical. It is extremist. It is obsessed with enacting policies based on theories and superstitions with no (salutary) grounding in experience or in reality at all. But, like Willie Sutton, they know where the money is. Even though Phoenix is a nominally Democratic city, most people don't vote. And getting control of the council and mayor's office has been a right-wing project for years, just as happened in the suburbs starting at the school boards and working up. That Neely is the stalking horse for this destructive agenda should cause the voter/umpires to shout, "outta there!"
Beyond that, the labyrinths of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and its interaction with virtually everything leave open many intriguing possibilities. All of them intriguingly depressing. This hottest August and continuing depression should wake people up that discontinuity has arrived. Unsustainability is now. Phoenix residents need to come out in force to repudiate the toxic status quo and elect Greg Stanton the next mayor.