Crawford: Scottsdale City Council needs real, genuine representation

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

We all want a Scottsdale city government we can believe in and trust, and a mayor we can trust. I believe Mr. Littlefield’s mayoral effort should be confronted, and I question the motives and integrity of the Littlefields’ political endeavors.

I believe Mr. Littlefield is a political strategist, who has built his political machine pandering to special interests and to those who feel disenfranchised. Because of term limits, he could not serve more than 12 years on the city council. In 2014, unable to run for city council (after serving 12 years) his wife, Kathy Littlefield, ran in his place, while he ran a failed campaign for the state house.

With Mr. Littlefield’s assistance, his wife won a seat on the council, thereby, replacing him. Now, he is running for mayor so both he and his wife can serve on the council at the same time. This is a continuance of Mr. Littlefield’s efforts to “stack” the council with candidates who align with him.

In 2004, when I chaired Council Districts of Scottsdale, Mr. Littlefield attended our meetings and appeared to support our endeavor. When districting was defeated, the Arizona Republic published a photograph of Mr. Littlefield with then Mayor Mary Manross appearing to celebrate the defeat of districting, thus demonstrating Mr. Littlefield playing both sides of the issue.

As a result of Mr. Littlefield’s behavior, I came to the only conclusion one could have: Mr. Littlefield works both sides of the street. Therefore, I raise the question of trust and character. I believe he has betrayed his constituents, demonstrated by positions on issues such as – the Waterfront Towers, the airport, mass transportation, LBGT, Common Core and the bar district to name a few. Mr. Littlefield appears to do whatever is best for his political future.

In 2006, Mr. Littlefield was involved in the Nan Nesvig scandal (a petition signature issue). While it appeared Mr. Littlefield was trying to conceal his complicity, it was revealed he was involved up to his ears.

What about Mr. Littlefield’s involvement with an organization that mislead contributors? It was reported, by NPR KIS Radio, that approximately 90 percent of money raised through donations made to the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA) to buy toys for kids, instead actually went to a telemarketing company and POSA salaries.

Remember the ads from AZCOP and POSA (who also supported Mr. Littlefield and Guy Phillips) that said, “Vote for only two: Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill?” Who really paid for those ads? Incidentally, the same people who ran POSA (including Cindy Hill) have resurfaced as Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support (Arizona LEOS).

Another organization Mr. Littlefield has been involved with is COGS. In the 2014 campaign, the COGS PAC Board endorsed Kathy Littlefield, David Smith and me. Mr. Littlefield wanted them to endorse only his wife, Kathy, and Cindy Hill. When the board did otherwise, Mr. Littlefield telephonically yelled and screamed obscenities at me showing his mercurial temperament. Mr. Littlefield then spent considerable effort publicly attacking David Smith and me by misstating facts, making false accusations and misstating my positions.

During my participation in the 2014 forums, I observed Mr. Littlefield sitting in the front row coaching his wife, Kathy, who thumbed through a loose-leaf notebook and read answers to questions. I also observed her reading prepared statements on issues at council meetings. If Mr. Littlefield actually authored the scripted answers to the questions and statements Kathy read at council meetings, it is unethical at best and political fraud at worst.

We now must ask, is it appropriate to have 28.57 percent of the city council consisting of members of the same family controlling 28.57 percent of the seven council votes? I submit to you, it is not.

During his 12 years on council, Mr. Littlefield had an extensive history of voting “no” on most matters. If Mr. Littlefield is elected mayor and Guy Phillips is re-elected (with Kathy Littlefield remaining on council), he will have his “Party of No” team in place.

I believe we need real, genuine representation on the Scottsdale City Council. We need people who put the needs and interests of Scottsdale first. We need to say “NO” to career politicians who pander to special interests and preach demagoguery as a make believe solution. Then and only then can we have a Scottsdale City Council we can trust and believe in.

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

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