Turn the other way when it comes to flip-flopping Bob Littlefield

Recently, you may have seen a column by former Scottsdale City Councilman and defeated Republican candidate for the Arizona State Legislature Bob Littlefield.

Chuck Schmidt

Chuck Schmidt

He pleaded for reader’s support by running down the city. Littlefield made Scottsdale sound like Flint rather than the fantastic community it is. As a reminder our quality of life is second to none, the expansion of the Preserve continues, arts programs flourish, a healthy tourism industry keeps all of our taxes low and we boast some of the best special events in the country.

Oh, and Scottsdale also continues to be recognized as a great place to start a business and how to run an efficient local government. Crime remains low.

Littlefield failed to mention these achievements or the majority on the city council including Mayor Jim Lane who keeps our community safe and special.  Littlefield finds it much easier to point fingers than to solve problems. He prefers political hyperbole.

Putting aside Littlefield’s misguided and somewhat desperate plea I would like to pay him the same courtesy he tried but failed to do when it comes to Scottsdale, and point out some of his deficiencies. He should be soundly rejected by Scottsdale voters.

Littlefield decries too much height and density. But do you know who the father of it all is? That’s right, Bob Littlefield. He cast a critical vote to allow the massive height and dense towers at Scottsdale and Camelback over a decade ago. It set a precedent. Jim Lane didn’t vote for it, neither did anyone else on the council today.

Littlefield today says the proposed Desert Discovery Center is an inappropriate project. Notwithstanding the fact that there is no final commitment to the project, Littlefield himself felt quite differently in 2008. Then he called the idea a “key component of the Preserve.”

Although he likes to claim otherwise, Littlefield is a professional politician who loves to flip-flop.

After spending the maximum amount of time allowed as a Scottsdale Councilman Littlefield ran in 2014 for the Arizona House of Representatives, cozying up to lobbyists to raise special interest money. He was rejected by Republican voters who held him accountable for saying one thing and doing another. He also alienated Scottsdale’s faith community by berating popular Pastor Andre Wadsworth for basically being on the take for developers.

If the thought of this person leading our city isn’t cause for concern, consider the conflicts and numerous potential legal problems that would ensue if Bob served on the City Council at the same time his wife, currently a councilwoman.
Character and ethics matter.

Replacing an unimpeachably ethical person like Jim Lane with someone like Littlefield is hard to fathom. Recently, Lane was asked by Governor Ducey to serve as the campaign treasurer for the bi-partisan Proposition 123 to boost K-12 education without raising taxes. And his fellow mayors just voted him as the leader of the top transportation organization in the Valley.

After successfully leading Scottsdale through brutal years following the Great Recession he is interested in serving a final term to take the city from better times to the best of times. He has earned my support, and hopefully all of ours.

Editor’s note: Mr. Schmidt is a Scottsdale resident. He is a current member of the State Board of Education and Chairman of the Market Freedom Alliance.

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