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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 27, 2014 - 6:56 am

The right stuff

Gov. Jan Brewer, you said you'd do the right thing and you did when you announced yesterday that you were vetoing SB 1062.

You did the right thing for the heart of Arizona, the sensitivity of Arizona and most importantly for the people of Arizona -- all the people who absolutely know that this is not an intolerant state, who know Arizona is not a discriminatory state or a state with a disproportionate share of bigots.

Barry Goldwater and Mo Udall would be proud of you today, Jan Brewer. Barry Goldwater from his Jewish heritage, embracing his gay family member and Mo Udall understanding prejudice personally as an active Mormon.

History has already been kind to those two Arizona leaders. And now, I feel you will be well remembered too, because you did the right thing.

You didn't bow to the pressure from the extremes of your party or those who would define morality for the entire state. And now the news departments of the nation can concentrate on other stories from other places.

And I personally express my appreciation to you, Jan Brewer. Thank you for governing.

I'm Pat McMahon.

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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 talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted 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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