Best Booster - 2009
Legacy-wise, it's been an off year for Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. (How could he accomplish any sort of agenda when there's not a penny in the till?) Personally, too, it's been rough out there. (Gordon didn't just get divorced — a political rival actually spread allegations so odious that the FBI had to get involved.)
But Phil's still our guy. ¿Por que? The highly caffeinated politician is this crazy desert town's best booster. He's refused to let naysayers paint Phoenix as unsafe, correcting their blather with the facts whenever he can. He's here, there, and everywhere, Hoovering up stimulus cash for the city like a vacuum cleaner on speed. And, more than anything, we love that Gordon actually hatched a harebrained scheme to change the city charter and let him have another two years as mayor. Yeah, the plan is dead, but we've got to give props to a guy who loves being the mayor of Phoenix enough to even contemplate it.