I was very pleased to see the recent endorsement of Scott Smith by Gov. Jan Brewer. As both a successful business person and course-altering mayor of Mesa, Smith has demonstrated the vision, pragmatism and leadership qualities that our state needs in its next governor. While other candidates and out-of-state money are taking shots at Smith that are full of spin and inaccuracies, he has responded by offering to sit face-to-face with critics in full view of the media to get out the truth.
Neither Brewer nor Smith supported “Obamacare,” as the attack ads imply. Both supported a responsible and morally decent decision for our state regarding Medicaid, given the existing law. Unlike some other candidates, I don’t hear Smith making unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky promises about solving immigration/border issues. I hear him talking about realistic solutions, and growing our Arizona economy and putting people to work.
As far as I can discern, none of the other candidates can demonstrate his level of combined public/private success, nor do they have the willingness to engage a broad spectrum of people and organizations in order to move Arizona forward in ways that benefit the vast majority of our citizens. He gets my endorsement and my vote.