Dirt On Their Hands

The person Chasse originally talked to regarding the surveillance on Goddard's home said Chasse is changing his tune. Chasse's confidant was so stunned by their initial conversation that he kept a record of the dialogue.

Although Kruglick was unavailable for comment, one of his closest advisers, Tom Pappas, said Goddard's personal life will not be an issue.

More than most, Tom Pappas understands the stakes.
During the impeachment hearing of then-Governor Evan Mecham, a Tucson politician read the testimony of key prosecution witness Peggy Griffith. Again and again, as the live television broadcast went out across Arizona, Pappas was labeled a homosexual. Lee Watkins--tow-truck operator, ex-convict and most notorious member of the governor's kitchen cabinet--was the man making the charge.

There was never, not once, any proof offered that Tom Pappas was gay, let alone any explanation as to the political relevance of the man's sexuality.

"My family felt terrible," recalled Pappas. "But how do you fight something like that? My mother watched it on TV at home. My nephew saw it at school where his entire class had the impeachment hearings on. It hurts when your close friends hear something like that in a public forum. I guess it's something I'll put up with until I marry or die. There's always that thought when you're a single guy."

Goddard is also a single guy.
Pappas, however, doesn't feel Goddard's marital status is an issue nor does he feel his candidate will engage in this sort of slander.

"If I have anything to say, Kruglick won't have anything to do with it," said Pappas.

The real question, though, is how much will Pappas or Kruglick attempt to control others in their party.

Kruglick has shown little stomach for reeling in the wild-eyed, particularly if there was an up side for Burt in cutting deals with the restless. When the fundamentalists, the holy rollers, the talking-in-tongues populists and the Mechamites formed a coalition to elect the majority of the precinct's committee members within the state Republican party, Kruglick made book with the biblicalists to keep his seat as state chairman. Then Kruglick, a Jew, sat by silently and watched those he cannot control or discipline pass a resolution declaring America a Christian nation. Even Pappas readily admitted there are political operatives within the Republican party who will not listen.

"There are these guys downtown who even have bumper stickers ready," lamented Pappas.

One of the guys downtown that Pappas referred to is Leon Woodward.
Mecham loyalist, political iconoclast and the owner of significant blocks of parking in downtown Phoenix, Leon Woodward is a staunch Goddard foe. He fought, and won, a lengthy court battle with City Hall when Phoenix planners tried to force landscaping of the parking areas.

Woodward's bumper stickers read: "Terry, Does Brooke know about Mark?"
Brooke is Brooke Newell, Goddard's long-time girlfriend, and Mark is Mark Steinberg, the mayor's former campaign manager and good friend.

Woodward said last week that the bumper stickers weren't actually his.
"Someone gave them to me. Some Mecham guy, a whacko. I don't have them anymore," said Woodward.

Woodward agreed that Goddard's private life would indeed become a campaign issue.

"I've been told that, too. I wish I knew more. I'm all ears," said Woodward. "I'm interested. I would like to know if he is a queer . . . . I think it would be most damaging if he was because he denied he was. It's a matter of credibility."

I do not know if Terry Goddard goes to gay discos, but I am appalled at the thought that anyone would follow him and keep him under surveillance.

I do not know if Terry Goddard is homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual or asexual, but I am disgusted that someone would lurk in the bushes outside his home to take photographs of who comes and goes.

I do not know if Terry Goddard is going to marry Brooke Newell, but I am saddened that their courtship would be plastered with obscene bumper stickers.

Once before, Terry Goddard endured this type of smear. When Mecham's ex- press secretary, Ron Bellus, published his memoirs, he said that Terry Goddard was a homosexual. He identified his source as a member of the Phoenix gay community named "Butterfly."

Because Ron Bellus was widely dismissed within the Phoenix press corps as a fool and because his book was regarded as a joke, Goddard escaped the intended slander without a scratch.

Today, however, Goddard's blood is on the water after a series of well-publicized civic blunders.

Today there is a race for the mayor's seat. What's more, Kruglick has been playing footsie with the Mechamites for a long time. And this is a coalition that has proved it's capable of anything.

What has this combination of circumstances brought us?
The headlines in the afternoon daily when Kruglick announced said that observers were expecting a vicious, dirty campaign. But there were no details.

So all of us were left hanging, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Leon Woodward made it clear he was not part of any surveillance of Goddard's home.

"I'm not going to take that ball and run with it," said Woodward.
But he inquired whether or not we'd be interested in printing anything that might turn up.

Do not expect the accusations of homosexuality to surface until the final days of the election.

I do not know if Terry Goddard goes to gay discos, but I am appalled at the thought that anyone would follow him.

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