Air Date: April 17, 2016
Political strategists Rodd McLeod and Barrett Marson talk about Arizona House Speaker David Gowan’s abandoned plan to force reporters to undergo background checks if they wanted access to the floor of the House of Representatives; Gowan’s problems with the press; the Congressional District 1 race; the voting problems in the Arizona presidential primary; whether Ted Cruz will snatch Arizona’s delegates from Donald Trump at the GOP convention; the recreational marijuana initiative that voters will likely decide in November; and the future of Clean Elections.
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Here’s a rush transcript of the show:
(Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Joining me on the set today, Rodd McLeod, a Democratic strategist who has worked for Gabby Giffords, Ron Barber and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, among others, and Barrett Marson, a former reporter who now heads up the communications Firm, Marson Media, and co-hosts the Copper Talk Podcast Thanks to both of you for being here.
(McLeod) Thank you for having us.
(Nintzel) Let’s start with a story that everyone’s talking about at the capitol this week. We had House Speaker David Gowan’s short-lived call for background checks on reporters. Barrett, you’re a former legislative reporter, you’re a former House communications guy and, as a matter of full disclosure, we should mention that you are among the strategists for Pinal County Sherriff Paul Babeu, who is actually running against David Gowan in the Congressional District 1 race. All that said, what’s your take on how this went down for David Gowan.
(Marson) Yeah, I just have never seen something so mismanaged. You know, there’s that old adage that you never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel and while newspapers certainly have gone down in influence, almost every single newspaper in the state, Kingman Daily Miner, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star, everybody editorialized on a what a bad decision this was, and it was short-lived. I can’t imagine that they didn’t see the complete nightmare that this was going to be, and to decide to still go along with it. I don’t know what the real reasoning was if you weren’t going to stick to your guns on this.