OPINION: John Washington responds to Mayor Lane’s DDC editorial

Here’s MY “signed opinion.”

There’s just no nice way to say it. Incumbent Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane is a liar.

John Washington

John Washington

He hasn’t just lied once. He does it all the time. The closer we get to the election, the more frequently Jim Lane lies.

In his latest, submitted by Lane and printed without any objection or even an editor’s note by the Scottsdale Independent, Lane says that his opponent, Bob Littlefield, opposes a public vote on spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a “Desert Discovery Center” in the taxpayer-funded McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

That’s a lie. It’s not “spin.” It’s not “opinion.” It’s not “politics.” It’s a lie.

If you were a Scottsdale Independent reader prior to reading what I just wrote, how would you know it’s a lie?

And as egregious as are both the DDC and Lane’s support for it so far, it may be a fairly minor issue for Scottsdale compared to a decade’s worth of budget deficits (which Lane has lied about); lackluster real estate values especially in South Scottsdale (Lane lied about that); and taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from developers with specific items of pending business before the City Council (Lane gave it back, then accepted it after-the-fact).

You see, if Lane is willing to lie about something minor like an opponent’s position on an issue, imagine the whoppers he’s willing to tell if it helps his cronies make money at taxpayer expense. He’s even given taxpayer money to his own campaign PR wizard, Jason Rose, to help promote polo matches!

Would you hire someone you know to be dishonest? No? I wouldn’t either. So why would you vote for one?

If Scottsdale’s emperor Lane has no clothes, it’s because they burned up…starting with his pants.

Mr. Washington is a local community advocate and editor of Scottsdaletrails.com

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