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Glenn Spencer's Lawyer John Munger Calls Me a "Wacko" as He Mainstreams a Racist Anti-Semite

You'd think a practicing lawyer, former president of the Arizona Board of Regents, and erstwhile GOP gubernatorial candidate would possess a lick of sense. But Tucson attorney John Munger is proof positive that possession of a swell resume is no guarantee of intelligence.

Munger is the fella who recently threatened legal action against Luis Heredia, Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party, because Heredia called nativist hatemonger Glenn Spencer a "purported racist" and an "anti-Semite." 

This, after Spencer was allowed to speak as an "expert" on border security matters before a state Senate committee stacked with Republican wingnuts. Munger accused Heredia of defamation and demanded a retraction, suggesting a lawsuit might be forthcoming if he did not. 

Heredia, to his credit, told Munger to take a hike.

Interestingly, Munger did not threaten the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or myself with legal action. I mean, the ADL, the SPLC, and yours truly (along with many others), have been correctly labeling Spencer a bigot and an anti-Semite for years. Also, the ADL denounced Spencer's visit to the Arizona Legislature in even stronger terms than Heredia.

So why go after Heredia? Well, my surmise is that the letter was a cheap publicity stunt and Munger has no intention of suing anyone. When I called Munger to discuss the letter, which had been released by Spencer himself, the big-shot corporate lawyer displayed a breathtaking ignorance about his own client and about recent Arizona history.

He claimed to know nothing of the ADL's multiple denunciations of Spencer, and also pulled a Sgt. Schultz when it came to Spencer's connection to convicted kid-killer and minutewoman Shawna Forde, who was sentenced to death last year for the murders of a 9 year-old and her father in Arivaca. In fact, Munger didn't even know who Forde was. Or so he said.

Maybe Munger's just acting the idiot, but when it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, etc. 

On Monday, Munger doubled down on his apparent cluelessness during an appearance on Tucson journalist Bill Buckmaster's radio show in a square off with former Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General Vince Rabago.

The Spencer flap came up and Rabago savaged Spencer for his activities on the border and for his Mexican-bashing statements. Munger, of course, defended his client, and, strangely, gave me credit for creating the whole brouhaha over Spencer.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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