If you Google the phrase "Sham Green Candidates" you will get over 300 articles--many of them national--detailing the recruitment of "sham" Green Party candidates whose only goal is to siphon off Democratic votes in swing districts. Here's an example from Newsweek. You will also learn from the articles that Former Republican Representative Steve May who recruited these candidates was eventually engulfed by the firestorm and dropped his candidacy for the State House of Representatives.
Ok, so I guess that pretending to be something you are not in order to win elections is bad. I didn't hear much complaint when Democratic operative Slade Mead registered as a Republican, argued that Senator Lori Daniels would "raise your taxes," and went on to defeat her in the Republican Primary--only to become one of Janet Napolitano's most reliable votes. Republican John Huppenthal crushed Mead in the following election cycle--and Mead dutifully changed his registration back to Democratic and was appointed as Director of the Democratic party's prestigious finance committee called the Nucleus Club.
But that's ancient history. I want to talk about today.
If you follow the local blogs, you will know the full story behind these signs. The organization behind the signs was founded by prominent Democrats and is part of an effort to adopt Tea Party themes to confuse voters into voting no.
In addition to being deceptive, the campaign looks to be illegal. My understanding is that the group put up the signs in advance of forming a campaign committee in violation of ARS 16-902.
The question now is what are the media and law enforcement officials are going to do about it? This campaign appears to be both deceptive and illegal.
Is this going to be a Green Party firestorm, or a Slade Mead silence? Golly, if I were a cynic, I would point out that the media and the Attorney General line up ideologically with the goals of the false "Protect our Constitution" group while they oppose the efforts of the "Sham Green" group--and that any articles and enforcement will reflect those preferences. But I would only hold those views if I were a cynic.
The reality is that I'm not a cynic and I realize that the Mainstream Media, and Terry Goddard's Attorneys are professionals who would never let their personal biases interfere with their professional duty to expose and prosecute these shenanigans to the fullest extent possible. Therefore, I expectantly await the imminent firestorm that will soon engulf...oh, who am I kidding. They aren't going to do anything about it.