With the race between Kathy Littlefield and Dennis Robbins for the third Scottsdale city council seat leaning only slightly toward Kathy by a couple dozen votes, 0.02% of total, the 2014 election may be bad or it may be worse. It all depends on the final count of provisional ballots, and an almost-sure challenge from the dark money liquor/development industry upon final tally.
Dark money darling Jennifer Petersen is out. Unfortunately, so is public safety advocate Cindy Hill.
Linda Milhaven is (also unfortunately) returning to her seat, and David N. Smith will begin warming one, too.
With only 2 points separating Smith and Hill, a) clearly the COGS endorsement that went to David Smith (aka the new Ron McCullagh) could have elected Hill, a reliable community advocate; and b) any COGS questions about Hill’s ‘elect-ability’ (the reason that has been given for not endorsing her) are highlighted for their utter stupidity.
I guess we can all hope that Smith will turn out OK, but how many times have we had those hopes for others in the recent past? Examples include the aforementioned Ron McCullagh. Mayor Jim Lane in his first term was OK for about 18 months before he started seriously considering his future in politics and purged his speed dial of the folks who got him elected. Wayne Ecton is another good example.
I’m going to predict with confidence that COGS will regret their decision. And I’ll buy the first round at AZ88 if I’m wrong.