This picture of Karen Johnson and me was taken at the Capitol during Sine Die week in 1994. I know it was 1994 because it was taken at the kick off of David Schweikert's first campaign for Congress. I know it was taken during Sine Die week because we both look so awful. I have valued Karen's friendship for many years.
Senator Johnson is a favorite punching bag for the local media. She speaks her mind, carries a gun and gets re-elected year after year--all things that make the media nervous. She has been in the news quite a bit lately because she cast the deciding vote that killed the bill to redesign Arizona's 9/11 memorial.
Well, actually, she's not in the news because she cast the deciding vote to kill the bill...it's why she voted to kill the bill. Johnson doubts that the official version of 9/11 is accurate...those buildings sure look like fell with the assistance of thermite explosives.
Lobbyists have learned that if you want to talk to Senator Johnson about a bill, don't mention 9/11...or for that matter, the United Nations, or come to think of it vaccinations...or fluoride, NAFTA, One World Government, amalgam dental fillings or the North American Union.
When Montini wrote about Johnson's vote, he described her as "ultraconservative." Most reporters are liberal, but they think of themselves as moderate, so they view anyone to the right of Olympia Snowe or Carolyn Allen as ultraconservative. I'm usually all over them for showing their bias, but in Karen's case...well. OK, maybe just this once.
While many of Johnson's views may out of the mainstream, they are well within the overall flow of political thought. Her ideas about, say, the Iraq war, 9/11, Corporate Power and the Federal Reserve board would get a welcome reception at both Republican and Democratic district meetings.
The Senate needs members like Karen Johnson just like the house needs members like Kyrsten Sinema--with her "People's History of the United States" proudly displayed on her desk.
Unfortunately the Republic Editorial board took things a bit far on Thursday.
Johnson reportedly will not seek re-election this fall. After hearing her 9/11 fantasies, we heartily approve.
Naturally, the legacy media prefer to have their elected officials fit neatly into predictable little boxes--easy to categorize and manipulate. They don't like legislators like Karen Johnson. Fortunately, the voters disagree.
I would say that the mainstream media want their candidates Pasteurized...but don't mention Pasteurization around Karen Johnson.