Crawford: Mr. Lindeman’s assertions are off the mark

In response to Mr. Charles Lindeman’s June 20, 2016 opinion piece: “Crawford press points to Scottsdale Independent favoritism;” it is obvious the Littlefield camp is reacting to my message by directing their overzealous followers to attack the messenger.

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

Message to Mr. Lindeman: I’m not running for mayor of Scottsdale. Apparently, even though I am no longer a candidate, my anti-Littlefield message is causing serious damage, so Mr. Littlefield has unleashed his attack dogs.

Mr. Lindeman’s incorrect contention that I have been “desperate” to be elected to the Scottsdale City Council is grossly inaccurate. As a long-time Scottsdale businessman I have stepped forward on several occasions to participate in community discussions. My community involvement has led to problem solving remedies, making Scottsdale a better place, despite strong opposition from special interests.

I will go so far as to assert I have accomplished more as an active citizen than Mr. Littlefield has on the taxpayers’ payroll. I believe he has made a living preaching demagoguery to the disenfranchised, never compromising any issue and accomplishing nothing accept the advancement of his own self interests.

For example, getting his wife Kathy elected, which if he is then elected, would possibly create numerous ethical and legal issues for our city.

Mr. Lindeman stated: “ … so his story that he collected a record number of signatures. And, then just decided not to run doesn’t pass the smell test.” This is an inaccurate statement and infers I am lying. I brought my 2,402 signatures into the City Clerk’s Office. Anyone who is interested may call the Scottsdale City Clerk and inquire about the signatures. Or, I have them at Basic Training in Scottsdale for anyone’s review. I don’t lie, and I am not for sale.

My wife Debbie and I are the ones who spent $100,000 of our own money to clean up the bar district. Mr. Littlefield was the only councilman who refused to go on a bar district tour with me to learn about the problems. Mr. Lane was the first one to go on the tour. This speaks to character and ability to get things done.

Mr. Lindeman’s contention that Jim Lane “cannot win re-election by running on his record” is laughable. Mayor Lane got us through the worst recession since the Great Depression and preserved our AAA bond rating in the process. Amazingly and unlike other cities, taxes weren’t raised. Scottsdale built buildings, businesses, created jobs and economic vitality in an economic vacuum. Had Mr. Littlefield been the mayor over the last eight years, we would still be choking on the dust of the last recession.

The most egregious example of Bob’s self-centered motivation is his preposterous proposal that we would be stupid enough to elect him as mayor while his wife is seated on the council. This would essentially give two votes to one person.

Can someone tell me why giving 28 percent of the vote to one household is a good idea? That would be like having 70 US Senators from the same family making decisions for all Americans. What is this really about? I believe personal interest. Don’t give the Littlefields two paychecks and two retirements at taxpayers’ expense.

Also, remember Bob is supported by para-unions, including the organization that collected money to buy toys for kids and 95 percent of approximately $1 million dollars collected for toys never went to kids. As reported, it went to pay promoters, fund raisers and POSA salaries.

By coincidence, POSA spent a fortune on ads promoting Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill — former Director of POSA — in the last election. Remember the “Vote for only two” campaign? There were three seats open.

Yes, I understand why the Littlefield camp wants to attack the messenger. They don’t want my story to reach the voters. Here’s my promise: My message will be heard.

Editor’s note: Mr. Crawford is a resident of Scottsdale, community advocate and former candidate for mayor

Editor's Note: Mr. Crawford is a local business owner and resident of Scottsdale

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