Wes Gullett, Phoenix Mayor Hopeful, Getting Fund-Raising Help From Arizona Cardinals
|Wes Gullett, partner of a Phoenix lobbying firm, is making a play for Phoenix mayor.|
The Arizona Guardian reported that one candidate, Wes Gullett, is getting a little help from Arizona Cardinals President and CEO Michael Bidwill and the team's star receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Guardian reporter Dennis Welch wrote that Bidwill hosted a fundraiser for Gullett at his Paradise Valley home -- and Fitzgerald added a little star power to the event.
All told, the Cards prez helped pull in $20,000 for Gullett, a founding partner of FirstStrategic, Communications and Public Affairs, a well-known Valley lobbying firm. And not surprisingly, the Arizona Cardinals are clients.
"I opposed the football stadium, I voted against it," Stanton told bloomingrock.com in September. "And the reason is that we had limited resources. We had a choice, either to get the football stadium or put money into this Bioscience research center. I was the chair of the committee that oversaw the process and ultimately said that it was smarter for Phoenix in the long run."
IAs it turns out, it was a good call -- evidently -- because there isn't a local politician alive who doesn't try to get a little credit for making education the cornerstone of downtown Phoenix.
The Guardian also reports that Gullett wants to raise about $1 million for the August election; that council members Claude Mattox and Peggy Neely, who are contemplating a run for mayors, have raised $300,000 and $200,000, respectively.