The AZ GOPlins are running an ad designed to take the heat off of the AZ Corporation Commission and now the AZ AG's office in the matter of Stump's deleted text messages and ditched phone. (Remember that the AG's office marched in and snagged Stump's new phone which may contain copies of those messages.) Why are the GOPlins doing this? Duh. The members of the Commission are all GOPlins as is the AZ AG.
The [Arizona Republican] party has released one of those ominous-sounding, personally stigmatizing hit-piece videos attacking Barr as a front man for a Washington-based clean-energy group called the Checks and Balances Project.
Checks and Balances is the group seeking to uncover text messages sent and received by Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump — texts that may or may not show that Stump passed messages between an independent campaign committee and two successful GOP Corporation Commission candidates.
The editorial board of The Republic asks: "Who is paying for the ad?"
Political parties have scarce resources these days. The big money in campaigns runs through independent, often anonymous, campaign groups — like the ones Arizona Public Service is believed to have funded to support Tom Forese and Doug Little.
So who funded the Arizona GOP’s hit-piece video of Barr? Same bunch? Is the Barr video just another arrow in the APS quiver in its battle against solar energy?
For the life of us, we cannot fathom what the people behind the Barr video hoped to accomplish. They’re spending money to make a lawyer look bad?
But they certainly have raised interest in the Arizona Republican Party’s next financial-disclosure filing. Suddenly, we can’t wait.
Neither can we. Stay on it, Republic!