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One Arizona candidate 'bi'-ing votes

Anti-Quayle campaign mailer distributed by Schweikert campaign. (Image made from Twitter images)

How about if we wrap up the week's news by putting aside the triumphs of the human spirit: the remarkable landing of our rover on Mars, the inspiring strength of the Sikh community in Wisconsin, the moving stories highlighting some of the Olympic athletes in London.

Let us turn the page on those in order to microscopically examine the dignity that has come to the congressional campaign in Arizona's newly-redrawn sixth district.

The geographic change has put two Republican incumbents in the position of battling one another in the primary: Rep. David Schweikert versus Rep. Ben Quayle.

The only interest I have in this race is, if one of them is sent back to Washington, that he represents Arizona well. That nonpartisan position having been stated, I must agree with retiring Sen. John Kyl, who calls a current Schweikert ad "an example of the worst in American politics."

It's a mailer that says on one side, "Ben Quayle. He goes both ways." On the flip side it continues "on important conservative issues." The Schweikert camp seemed shocked when some of us interpreted that to suggest they were saying Quayle is bisexual.

Schweikert advisers, don't insult the voters.

If you didn't believe that "goes both ways" might be read as a sexual reference, then you're too stupid to run a campaign.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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