Brett Mecum, Fired State GOP Director, Working on State Senator Frank Antenori's Congressional Campaign

Since being fired as state Republican Party executive director last summer, Brett Mecum has found work as a political consultant and is helping out on state Senator Frank Antenori's Congressional bid.

Antenori's one of several Republicans seeking to fill the seat left vacant by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a brain injury received in the January 8, 2011 mass shooting in Tucson. A special primary election for the CD-8 seat will be held on April 17, with a general election following on June 12.

According to the blog site Politico Mafioso
, Mecum is "the head" of the Antenori's campaign.

However, when we got Mecum on the phone just now at a number for "Team Antenori," Mecum would not respond to repeated questions about his role on the "Team."

Maybe he's already been demoted.

Mecum served for several years as state GOP director, racking up an impressive number of mini-scandals. A woman filed a stalking complaint against him, he was photographed in Rated-R poses while dressed as Captain America and was accused of trying to broker a deal with a Goodyear City Council candidate in which the candidate would essentially purchase an endorsement from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Mecum denied reports that he suggested the deal.)

His lowest moment on the job probably came on May 6, 2009, when he was arrested at the state GOP's Phoenix headquarters on a criminal speeding charge. Mecum's brand-new Ford Mustang had been clocked at 109 mph by a freeway photo-enforcement camera. The speeding case, which took two years to resolve in court, ended after Mecum took a plea deal that required him to take defensive-driving school.

Mecum tells New Times he has about 12 clients in his consulting business right now, and that Antenori's one of them. He was even quoted recently in Real Clear Politics about Arizona's presidential primary.

It's tough to keep a good GOP man down.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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