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Pat McMahon

Putrid politicking

An open letter to all political candidates in Arizona who are currently using television and radio for their campaign ads:

You want to be a public servant? Then please do us all an important public service, right now. Just shut up.

Why do you spend so much of your time and money painting your opponents with the dark brush of scandal, corruption and deceit? If they are guilty of those things, turn over your findings to the investigative news teams in local media. That's their jobs.

Shouldn't your job now be to persuade the voters that you are worthy of the position you're running for -- that you have specific ideas and programs you want to institute to make the state a better place to live? (I said specific!)

Not simply that you want to solve the problems of immigration, education and the economy.

Fine -- we all do.

Now how will you do that? And don't dazzle me with cleverness. Just give me some concrete planning.

And as you continue to malign the character of your opponent, I don't want to hear the excuse that "negative campaigning works."

It may get you elected, but as you can see from the popularity polls, we wind up not liking any of you very much.

I'm Pat McMahon

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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