Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Wake Up Arizona Coalition

Tucson, Arizona. Immigration again. As foreseen at this blog and numerous others, Arizona's immigration law 2779 (link has meaty details) has run into this thing called REALITY. The Wake Up folks could not have picked a better name. First, a perusing of the players:

Mac Magruder (owns McDonald's franchises)
Ray Arvizu (owns a Hispanic marketing firm)
Tom Barnett (owns Good Egg and Burger King franchises)
Steve Chucri (president, Arizona Restaurant Association)
Jim Click (Tucson car dealer)
Jerry Colangelo (former owner, Phoenix Suns / Arizona Diamondbacks)
Brian Day O'Connor (owns a lot; son of former U.S. Supreme Court justice)
Barry Goldwater Jr. (son of former U.S. senator)
Danny Hendon (owns Danny's Family Car Washes)
Steve Hilton (CEO, Meritage Homes)
Gordon James (owns PR firm)
James LeVecke (owns Carl's Jr. franchises)
Jeff Moorad (GM, AZ Diamondbacks)
Mary Rose Wilcox (Maricopa County supervisor, owns El Portal restaurant)

Russell Pierce, meet reality. Mac Magruder, who heads "Wake Up," owns seven McDonald's franchises (and probably doesn't have a nickel to his name), said of Pierce, "You can't reason with hatred."

We now have (sorry, can't recall the names) at least half a dozen AZ legislators voicing regret for supporting the bill, stupid enough to admit to the press that they had not "read all the details."

What has me scratching my head is not Bee's vote for the bill. Charlene Pesquiera voted for it. Charlene?

Signing the bill may have been a brilliant move by our governor. She went farther and offered the idea of a special session to address its flaws. Apparently the legislature couldn't get it together, Russell Pierce declaring the revisions can wait until January. For Pierce and his ilk, life is about to alter. Consider the resources of the above individuals, and keep in mind all are DEEPLY NETWORKED. For each name, consider the multiplication. Only one is from Tucson, a two-bit car dealer with no financial muscle, no friends, and no political influence at all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with all that you said X4mr. Well done. I would only add and reiterate that the border hawks have begun to attack those who fund their party and their elections. They are also seriously marginalizing business leaders. Just look at that list...and I bet there are many many more who are angry about how the rhetoric of the far right has harmed their party and its fundraising.

This is an opportunity for the Democrat party to reach out to business leaders and let them know that they have reasonable and pragmatic solutions for our economy...and that the other side has gone off the deep end.

7/18/2007 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You raise a great point:
How is the Goldwater/Pearce crew going to get the money necessary to run a campaign to compete against these guys? Are they betting on outside funds from a group like FAIR? They certainly can't go hat in hand to the state's business community.

7/18/2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Well, Pearce et. al. may be relying on the notion that, in the end, these guys would still rather see them controlling the state legislature than ... *horror* ... Democrats.

7/18/2007 11:55 AM  
Blogger thinkright said...

The reasoning behind voting for the bill is that Pearce had threatened to bring a “one strike yer out” referendum that could not be improved upon without 75% approval from the legislature/senate.

The reps & senators that are reasonable (both donkeys & elephants) knew that it is better to support this unsound bill in hopes of having a special session to correct its flaws than to let the likely passage of a very unpleasant referendum.

With regards to raising money, the “nativist” wing of the party doesn’t need to raise money…there is another unsound law called “clean elections”. The nativists aren’t very “conservative”…they are anti-immigration, anti-business, by taking the clean elections money…they are for government hand-outs, isolationists…don’t get me started.

{you may have said all this in your post, but I'm from the MTV generation and have a short attention span.}

7/23/2007 1:06 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Interesting and thanks. Excellent remarks.

7/23/2007 4:07 PM  
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