There are a thousand ways to be dishonest without actually telling a lie.
A very clever campaign attack postcard dropped in Scottsdale voters’ mailboxes over the weekend. Using cute cartoon sheep, a group called Scottsdale United has portrayed Kathy Littlefield as, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” “a power-hungry liberal disguised as a conservative,” and a union puppet.
For starters, you need to know the folks behind Scottsdale United.
William Lally is listed as the chairman. Judy Eisenhower signed the organizing documents as the treasurer.
Lally is a graduate of the poorly-ranked “Florida Coastal School of Law,” and he’s a zoning attorney in the employ of Tiffany & Bosco law firm in Phoenix. His specialties are (as listed on LinkedIn):
Representation of private property owners, developers, homebuilders and business owners before County and Municipal commissions and elected bodies.
Mr. Lally has taught numerous legal education seminars on land use, zoning and utility regulation topics. His past experience includes work as a staff member to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and legislative aid to the Director of the Department of Administration, as well as work on many local and regional political campaigns. Mr. Lally’s practice areas include land use, zoning and municipal/administrative law.
Specializing in zoning and land use entitlements throughout Arizona. Development services including post entitlement permitting and infrastructure planning. Resolution of code violation matters. Real estate transactions related to development issues, easements, deeds, dedication instruments and CC&Rs. Real estate research and due-diligence for real-estate purchase or management. Local and state administrative matters, including liquor license applications and water rights matters.
Mr. Lally was member of the now-defunct “North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce,” and has advocated on behalf of “entertainment district” cases, like this one in Phoenix.
Judy Eisenhower is the chair of the Arizona Rail Passengers Association, a light rail lobbying group.
Ms. Eisenhower appears to be connected to council member Virginia Korte, who has for some time expressed support for light rail. She’s also connected to incumbent council candidate Linda Milhaven, and candidate Jennifer Petersen. Connections have been made to light rail shill Jim Derouin and dark money darling Susan Bitter-Smith.
As for the misinformation: Kathy Littlefield is a long-time Republican, active member in Republican womens’ groups, and leader of the effort to constrain–and ultimately defeat–millions of dollars of government borrowing (taxpayer-funded) to benefit developers and other trough-feeders.
Scottsdale doesn’t have any recognized government employee unions, and no collective bargaining. And the consistency with which Scottsdale’s public safety salaries lag those of our neighboring cities clearly demonstrates the folly of the statement that your support for Kathy, “will move a police union one step closer to controlling the Scottsdale City Council.”
Kathy’s husband, Bob Littlefield, has a long track record as the most (if not the only) fiscally-conservative member of the Scottsdale City Council, joined by freshman Guy Phillips.
And in a supreme irony, a supporter of candidate Bill Crawford seems to have been spreading a rumor that Guy and I are behind the Scottsdale United postcard! I have no proof that Crawford is behind the rumor, but clearly this is ridiculous. Guy and I have individually made no bones about our support for Kathy and our opposition to Crawford. I published my council endorsements ten days ago, including my unequivocal endorsement of Kathy (and Cindy Hill).
Mr. Lally and Ms. Eisenhower, you are dishonest. And the fact that you knowingly made false statements makes you liars as well.
Crawford on the other hand has a history of contradictory statements about his support for light rail, which leads one to wonder if he may have some support from Eisenhower and the Arizona Rail Passengers Association.