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Pat McMahon

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OK, let's have a show of hands, please...ready?

How many of you have cast a vote to elect someone to high office because a notable figure gave them an endorsement? Whose opinion about where your vote should go is so convincing, so influential that you would put it on your ballot?

So far we are told that Joe Arpaio and Sarah Palin are endorsing Doug Ducey. Only one of them actually lives here, but it's nice they admire one of our local businessmen.

But why the grand announcements? Why should we care? What difference should it make to my personal choice for governor that the current holder of the title, Jan Brewer, may endorse Scott Smith?

What if someone I don't like decides to endorse my candidate for some elective office? Should that change my mind?

And the stupidest endorsements of all are the political choices by entertainers. Could I be any more indifferent about who Kim Kardashian wants to see in the White House?

"This is Ted Nugent, and I endorse Smith for President and Wesson for VP."

Meanwhile, nobody has asked me for an endorsement.

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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