TERRY THE FREELOADER

Terry Goddard is getting a free ride in his campaign for governor.
First of all, he is running virtually unopposed, so there is no one to question anything about his campaign.

Second, he is the only fully subsidized candidate in the governor's race.
It is an amazing story because it is all so brazen.
Goddard was required by law to resign his job as mayor of Phoenix when he decided to offer himself as Arizona's next governor.

He gave up his $37,699 annual salary to make the run.
But his sacrifice was short-lived.
Goddard was quickly scooped up by the multinational law firm of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters, and McRoberts, which is run in Phoenix by Mike Hawkins, former Democrat U.S. attorney.

The salary is reportedly $60,000 a year.
That's not much as big-time lawyers go.
But it becomes quite a large and illegal campaign contribution when you consider that Goddard does no work for the $60,000 that the firm pays him. It is a contribution that far exceeds the $550 maximum called for by state law.

Goddard's $60,000 from Bryan Cave turns into nothing more than an embarrassingly large handout.

When Goddard is approached on this touchy subject, he attempts to bluff his way through.

"I work at the law firm at least a day a week," he says.
Does anyone know of anybody who can "work at least a day a week" and be paid $60,000 a year?

And what do you do, Terry? What clients do you handle for this important firm?

"Legal ethics prevent me from disclosing that," Goddard replies.
Wonderful.
A marvelous demonstration of circumlocution.

One wonders what the Attorney General's Office thinks about a candidate being totally subsidized by a powerful law firm in his run for the highest office in the state.

Does it occur to anyone that if Goddard becomes our next governor that a whole crew of lawyers now with Bryan Cave will follow him in high appointive offices?

Doesn't it matter to anyone that what we are seeing is an attempt by Bryan Cave to become the most powerful political law firm in the state?

The rule that a candidate must quit his office to run for another is a good one. But it turns out to be harder on candidates who actually have to work for a living than those who, like Goddard, were born with silver spoons in their mouths.

According to every record available, Goddard has never had a real job for money. Because of inherited wealth, he has never needed one.

Despite the fact that he's never worked to support himself, Goddard has managed to go through Harvard and Arizona State's law school, become mayor and now run for governor.

How many other candidates do you know in this race who have never held a job yet can boast a personal fortune of more than $300,000?

I suppose none of this could happen if Bob Corbin, our crusading attorney general, were still around.

Too bad about Bob. He's reportedly out somewhere hunting for the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Does anyone know of anybody who can "work at least a day a week" and be paid $60,000 a year?

Goddard got such a head start that he probably believes it's only right that he continue his advantage by accepting this $60,000 handout.

 
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