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Pat McMahon

Updated Oct 9, 2013 - 7:12 am

Payson's Barton falls short of expectations

Hey Brenda -- yes, you, Brenda Barton, esteemed Arizona state representative from Payson.

I thought it would only be fair if I warned you in advance that I'm going to be critical of you. In fact, I'm going to be so critical of you that I'm going to characterize your comparison of the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler as being at the height of tastelessness and insensitivity, and well beneath the standards of what we should expect from a state legislator.

And before some of you begin your defensive diatribes about what appears to be Obama worship on my part, I often expressed my disgust when that same vile analogy was made about either George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.

Brenda, disagree about every policy that comes out of this White House or any administration that follows. But they will not be the product of a Hitler, and because I am ridiculing your choice of descriptive phrases, that doesn't make me a member of the gestapo.

As your constituencies' political spokesperson though, next time you open your mouth about leadership in this county being Nazi-like, please consider, for just a moment, another group: the Jews of Payson.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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