The recent Scottsdale Independent reprint of a Jim Lane campaign press release (Scottsdale Strong: 37% of 400 polled prefer incumbent in August election) should be taken for just that and not for anything resembling journalism — most certainly it is not a true scientific sampling.
First of all, the readers have no idea what questions were asked, how they were asked, and who was asked. Supposedly the group that commissioned the survey — which, by the way, is nothing but a thinly-disguised political action committee supporting Jim Lane’s mayoral re-election campaign — supplied the Independent with survey details.
But the Independent’s editor has to take their word for it, because there is no way to independently confirm those details. Ditto the survey results.
Political committee chair Tim Lasota was chief of staff to Jim Lane prior to JP Twist, before the latter’s departure to run Doug Ducey’s campaign. Twist took a “leave of absence” from his taxpayer funded job — which is a clever way to skirt the legal prohibitions against city employees doing political work while on the public payroll.
Then when Ducey won, Twist left to go work for Ducey instead of Lane.
And, Lasota left the city chief of staff job to work for the wife of Jim Lane’s campaign public relations manager, Jason Rose, who has gotten hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies to promote his for-profit polo and rugby matches and other events.
What this survey really was, beyond something to distort and release to a gullible press, is to make some strategic decisions.
My educated estimation is that this “Scottsdale Strong” group has discovered Crawford actually hurts Lane, and will consider this information when it comes time for them to pull the rug out from Crawford via buying off his petition signature gatherers.
Editor’s note: Mr. Washington is a local community advocate and editor of Scottsdaletrails.com