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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 19, 2014 - 12:28 pm


Remember when your mom told you that every American, including you, could grow up to be president of the United States?

I'm not sure at the time she realized that might become a less than desirable office to aspire to.

But did she also tell you that if that's what you really wanted to be, you might have to run for some other elective positions first?

Taking a look at both the Republican and Democratic Arizona primary ballots, it appears that some are just skipping lesser races altogether, apparently waiting for a coronation, an anointing or a canonization. That's the only conclusion I can come to, considering the number of unopposed candidates there are who will merely walk into the general election or, in some cases, the office itself.

How dare either party allow any race to be won without opposition, without an alternative choice for the voters!

And if the district has been constructed in such a way that one party has an overwhelming advantage, don't forget: America loves the underdog and hates cowards who quit before the game is even played.

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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