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Pat McMahon

Democracy

"Oh say, can you see all the candidates on television?"

They started selling themselves around the beginning of summer. It's now July and we're not even close to the November elections.

Yes, I know the primary is Aug. 26 and all living, breathing Republicans are running.

But, apparently from the recent voting turnout numbers, you don't seem to care. Primary colors in Arizona are a shade of drab.

A lot of you folks wait until it's down to two heavyweights in the last round. But shouldn't we show up at the polls or cast an early ballot to determine who the heavyweights are?

Are you deciding from the messages you're getting on television? I'm sure you know there are fewer rules about accuracy in political advertising than in the used car ads you see.

Perhaps you're choosing a candidate from the signs lining our streets. At least we all know how they feel about neighborhood beautification.

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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