This “Our View” column appeared in Saturday’s Scottsdale Republic.
Back up the rhetoric
In your article about the recent Scottsdale City Council candidate forum hosted by Scottsdale Leadership, you reported a lament by incumbent council candidate Linda Milhaven that the so-called “civility pledge” adopted by the City Council last summer did not pass unanimously.
I was the one dissenting vote, because I saw the “civility pledge” was a farce, designed to protect the incumbent council candidates while muzzling those of us who oppose their shortsighted, parasitic “growth” policies. They don’t want us to point out that these policies actually degrade Scottsdale’s special character, overtax our infrastructure and cost existing residents both in tax dollars and in reduced quality of life. And the incumbent council candidates would really like us to stop talking about how hard they have tried to raise taxes on Scottsdale residents.
If Milhaven, Dennis Robbins and Jennifer Petersen really believed in civility, they would be renouncing the dark-money negative mailers supporting them and lying about rival candidate Kathy Littlefield. But instead they spout high-minded rhetoric while wallowing in tens of thousands of dollars of dark money helping their campaigns. Their idea of civility is, we have to be nice to them while their surrogates trash their opponents. Totally hypocritical.
— Bob Littlefield, Scottsdale City Council member