Maricopa County Craziness

Clint Hickman, of Hickman's Eggs, Chosen as New Maricopa County Supervisor

Clint Hickman, whose family name graces egg cartons in local grocery stores -- the ones with the chicken wearing sunglasses and a tuxedo jacket -- was chosen by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to be the newest supervisor.

Hickman was one of more than a dozen people who applied for the spot, which became available after Supervisor Max Wilson announced at the beginning of the month that he was retiring due to health reasons.

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-Max Wilson, County Supervisor, to Retire and Resign His Post; Cites Health Concerns

According to Hickman's application, he's "known as a very fiscally conservative Republican," although he's never held political office.

While it appears that Hickman's got some connections to some powerful Republicans in the state, the super-right-wingers don't seem to like him very much.

An Arizona Republic piece from a couple years back quotes Hickman on the fallout from SB 1070, who reportedly said his family company's "sales to supermarkets and grocery stores that cater to Latinos dropped 20 percent in the wake of SB 1070."

That made a guy like Joe Arpaio fan Representative John Kavanagh very happy.

"It makes me feel good," Kavanagh, a 1070 sponsor, told the Republic. "Mr. Hickman (will have to) have less hens. You don't overproduce. I am not going to maintain a large population of illegal immigrants who drain our economy and cost us in benefits just so that Mr. Hickman can sell 20 percent more in eggs."

Hickman's letter to the supes assured them that he has "a very large support network in place, and [he] will rigorously defend the seat," as he intends to run for re-election in 2014.

In kind of a quirky statement, Hickman also noted that his background check wouldn't be an issue.

"Due to our industry's continual struggle with animal activists, which we know will never end, our company and our ownership was vetted by a company led by former FBI agents that performed FOIA requests," he writes. "...Due to my knowledge that someday I might be engaged in public service, we paid for a more thorough search into my history, should this be important information for your consideration."

Per the Republic's blurb on the appointment, everyone sounded pretty OK with Hickman, including the board's lone Democrat, Mary Rose Wilcox.

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Matthew Hendley
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