Google Alerts provides a great way to keep track of events and people in the news. I have a ton of alerts set up, so anytime someone mentions Governor Brewer, a member of our Congressional Delegation or one of my top issues, Google emails a link to me. Naturally I have my own name listed on the alerts; that way I can nuke the bastards respond if I'm mentioned by the media.
Occasionally I get an email with some odd pairings--such as the one that just crossed my screen and includes my name on Congressman Mitchell's website. Naturally I was a a bit curious until I followed the link and found that Mitchell had posted a copy of the Capital Times "10 Most Influential Arizonans of the Decade list."
You may recall that the Arizona Capitol Times compiled a list of the 10 most influential Arizonans of the last decade. Naturally the list included Governor Napolitano and John McCain. It also included Congressmen Kolbe and Mitchell and then there were a few names that probably caught some folks by surprise...like mine.
I was going to blog about it, but I wasn't sure if the public would believe that I really deserved to be named one of the 10 most influential Arizonans of the Decade and I didn't want to embarrass myself. Of course after predicting that Avatar would bomb, how much more embarrassed can I get?
So I decided to ask an independent expert to determine if I should link to the article. I called my mom and asked her if I should mention the article. She responded that I "totally deserved it." and that I should "go for it". There you go--independent confirmation.
So I was going to mention the article, but I got cold feet because I knew that someone would use the comment section to compare it to Obama's Nobel Prize.
But then Mitchell put the article on his website, so I figured what the heck. In the spirit of bipartisanship, I present the list of the 10 most influential Arizonans of the Decade as quoted by Harry Mitchell.