Over the past weekend, I extended e-mail congratulations to Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield for his brilliant decision to place the SRP facility relocation on Monday's council agenda. I suggested to him it was a stroke of genius, and that he must stay up nights dreaming up such stuff. He e-mailed back suggesting I only criticize him and those he supports, and leave my favorites (Mayor Mary Manross, council members Betty Drake and Ron McCullagh, and council candidate Suzanne Klapp) alone and that by doing so, I'm a hypocrite. Wow, what a shot.
Littlefield personally created more than three hours of useless public debate and dialogue at Monday's council meeting over nothing more than a political issue. It was a wonderful waste of time but a clear demonstration that he really is Scottsdale's ultimate politician - a man who can create havoc out of nothing.
In his e-mail, Littlefield pointed out, among other things, that the city only picked up the campaign signs of Jim Lane along Indian School Road and I failed to mention it. (I think that was because the good guys - my favorites - didn't have any signs in the public right-of-way). Littlefield also pointed out the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce offered a mailer about my favorites and I didn't say anything about that. As I recall, the Chamber did not take a position in the mailer - only offered information.
I think Littlefield sees himself as the defacto mayor of Scottsdale. He's currently part of a trio, with Lane and councilman Tony Nelssen, who generally band together in opposition to just about everything. So, if Lane were to lose to Manross and my other three favorites were to be elected, Littlefield would be left with only he and Nelssen guarding their shrinking outpost.
However, I do want Littlefield to know I'm willing to criticize the majority when I think criticism is justified, and he seems to have overlooked my criticism of the guy who's been most silent lately - Wayne Ecton. Now there's a fella genuinely worthy of criticism. But neither he nor Littlefield are running for re-election until 2010, so I'm simply making notes until then.
Despite the fact that Littlefield thinks poorly of me, I believe he comes up with some really clever stuff to potentially discredit the opposition, and his timing is usually impeccable. So, from a strictly political standpoint, I want him to know he's my personal hero - a real razzle-dazzle politician.
Get this: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who totally opposes immigrant sweeps, has been appointed chairman of a task force of mayors on immigration reform by Manuel A. Diaz, the mayor of Miami, Fla. Now, What do you think the results of that task force are going to be? It's kind of like assigning a fox to guard the chicken coop. It would be equally stupid to appoint Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to chair the same task force since his position on the issue is as polarizing in one direction as Gordon's is in another.
Gary H. Boyd is a resident of Scottsdale and a former City Council candidate.