Scottsdale Independent isn’t holding to ethical standards as dirty campaigning commences

Although the city election is still months away the dirty campaigning has already started. Over the last few weeks the Scottsdale Independent has printed several opinion pieces and stories containing personal attacks on me by surrogates of my opponent in the upcoming city election, the incumbent mayor.

Bob Littlefield

Bob Littlefield

When you see quotes such as “Bob Littlefield stands for one thing — himself,” “As for Bob, he should get a real job rather than insisting on being on the public dole” (a lie, I have always had a “real job”) and “I have seen Bob stand up against everything” (another lie), you know you are dealing with “hit pieces” rather than real discussions of city issues.

I am surprised the Scottsdale Independent would print this sort of garbage since they claim on their webpage “engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility.” Oops, guess they didn’t really mean that!

But I definitely understand why my opponent in the upcoming city election, the incumbent mayor, wants his allies to trash me personally. He knows his record as mayor, a record of consistently voting to support the special interests who fund his campaign at the expense of Scottsdale residents, is indefensible. If the mayoral campaign focuses on my opponent’s record he will be defeated in a landslide, so he is desperate to divert the conversation to any other subject.

He most certainly does not want to contrast his voting record with my record of consistently supporting Scottsdale residents during my 12-plus years on the City Council.

If you want proof my opponent’s campaign is funded by special interests, you can peruse his campaign finance reports, which are publicly available on the city’s web site at https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/cityclerk/CampaignFinance. Of course, if we had any real journalists in Scottsdale they would have already informed their readers of this information. Fortunately you can easily find this information for yourself.

When you get ready to cast your vote for mayor in the upcoming city election ask yourself this question; do you want a candidate who has a positive vision for Scottsdale (outlined in my column “Littlefield: I will restore, fight for resident vision of Scottsdale”) and a record of consistently supporting Scottsdale residents?

Or do you want a candidate demonstrably financed by special interests who hides behind surrogates whose only platform is the attempted personal destruction of their opponent? The choice will be yours.

Editor’s note: Mr. Littlefield is a former three-term Scottsdale City Councilman and is running for Mayor. He can be reached by email at bob@boblittlefield.com, and his web site is www.boblittlefield.com.

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