Some have asked me which Arizona Daily Sun story I keep referring to on the radio and social media. A story that many have referred to as politically biased against Mayor Nabours and I.
RELATED; Joe Harting calls out the Daily Sun on Thursdays show.
Here is a segment from that story. The beginning (link to story) gives some background over the protests and who opposed SB1062. Notice the strange transition though when they talk about Mayor Nabours and I.
Flagstaff protests grow as hundreds gather against SB1062, Feb 25
By SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA
“I just thought it would be a great way to get people together and harness that energy,” Barotz said. “Flagstaff is a very inclusive place. We pride ourselves on it. I just think this was a very ill-conceived idea. A lot of people and businesses here are opposed to it.”
At least two other members of the City Council donated to the campaign of one of the House Republicans representing Flagstaff who voted for the bill.
Mayor Jerry Nabours and councilmember Jeff Oravits donated to the campaign of Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, in 2012. Nabours gave $175 and Oravits $150.
Nabours said he did donate to Barton’s campaign and pointed out that the bill is not specifically aimed at the gay or bisexual community.
“I think it was trying to balance the religious rights against discrimination rights,” he said. “What comes to mind is the pharmacists who were opposed to giving out the morning after pill because of their religion.”
Oravits said he did give to Barton’s campaign, but “I’ve donated to a lot of Republican candidates. I think it’s really important for Flagstaff to have good contacts with people in the Legislature.”
Barton was one of three co-sponsors on HB2153. The bill had 17 primary sponsors, including Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, who also represents Flagstaff, was not one of the sponsors but did vote for the bill.
What did contributions have to do with the issue at hand?
Why did they not point out that Jerry and I have supported politicians opposed to SB1062?
Why did they mention two of my colleagues were at the protest yet failed to mention the Mayor was there?
Why did they not mention the Mayors opposition to SB1062?
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