Woke up this morning to a Facebook post that just set me off, lol. Why? You would think at first glance that it wasn't insulting but actually the comment is insanely insulting to the voting public. To say that it is anything other than that is simply wrong. Let me see if I can break this down a bit.
One office that those in Pinal County will be voting for is for the Clerk of the Superior Court. Let me explain what that office is responsible for.
The Clerk of the Superior Court, in his clerical duties, maintains the records of all of the wills, judgments, and the decisions and actions of the Courts, both civil and criminal, so that in the final analysis, the Clerk of the Superior Court has the custody of all matters and things affecting the litigated civil rights and criminal penalties in which people are involved.
Now that you understand WHAT this office is responsible for, let me share with you the latest "political marketing pitch" made by the incumbent.
I am the only pro-life, pro-gun, Conservative Republican running for CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT ....
I will use my office as a voice to stop federal intrusion into our schools, secure our gun rights, protect the sanctity of life, and protect the freedom of religion!
Did someone just jump onto the "buzzword bandwagon" as a way to try and gather support? Is his current record one that he can't stand on? Does he really think that the voting public is that ignorant? It's the Clerk of the Superior Court people! He CANNOT use the office "as a voice to stop federal intrusion into our schools, secure our gun rights, protect the sanctity of life, and protect the freedom of religion!" The Clerk's job is to maintain our records .... period. Let's see how well he's done that shall we?
Last month, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles was disqualified from prosecuting a death-penalty case after ruling that the county's attorneys violated a court order sealing medical records. Where were the files supposed to be stored securely? The Clerk of the Superior Court
In February 2014, the Clerk hired AMCAD to digitize records that were not electronically backed up. That company closed it's doors June 23rd and I am still waiting for the Clerk to 1) make mention of the closing, 2) explain the status of the $500,000 contract and 3) acknowledge where all of the records, that the Clerk's office is responsible to maintain, are now. Read more here
In June, the Clerk sued his opponent, Amanda Stanford, attempting to keep her name off of the ballot claiming that all of her signatures were invalid. Why would he take the time and money to fight her? Was he trying to bully her? They are the only two running for the position and the office will be determined during the primary in August. Was he that worried that he would lose FYI, Stanford won the case. I did some digging of my own and noticed that the Clerk couldn't even keep track of his own signature sheets to get himself on the ballot as many elected officials, voters, etc signed the same sheets more than once. You'd think when you full time job is to manage and maintain accurate records, that you could at least manage and maintain a few dozen signature sheets right?
Now there are claims that the Clerk had his employees reviewing these records on the clock, asking other to collect signatures, attend events, etc, all on the taxpayers' dime.
Maybe if the incumbent spent more time doing his job well, he wouldn't have to jump on the buzzword bandwagon in order to try and get re-elected.
In closing, the incumbent has lately been closing his presentations with, "don't worry about how to spell my last name, just remember that I am the only Chad on the ballot". While I am sure he is trying to be cute, let me remind the Clerk that a "chad" refers to fragments sometimes created when holes are made in a paper, card or similar synthetic materials.
The last thing Pinal County needs, is a "Chad" in any of our records.