Jennifer Wright, Phoenix's "Only True Tea Party Candidate," Enters Mayoral Race

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Tea Party candidate Jennifer Wright is the latest candidate to make a bid for Phoenix mayor.
Add another name to the list of Phoenix politicos who want to run the town: Jennifer Wright.

Wright, a Phoenix attorney and longtime member of the Tea Party, joins Lobbyists Wes Gullett, Councilman Claude Mattox, Libertarian Thane Eichenauer, and former Phoenix City Council members Peggy Neely and Greg Stanton.

Wright plans to make her official announcement on Wednesday, May 11 during an Original North Phoenix Tea Party meeting at the Elks Club Lodge near 32nd Street and Greenway Road.

Wright filed paperwork with the Phoenix City Clerk's Office on Friday to get her campaign under way. And she hasn't wasted any time -- launching a Facebook page (Wright 4 Mayor), a Twitter account (wright4mayor) and reserving a Web page (wright4mayor.com).

On her Facebook page, Wright describes herself as a "Native Phoenician, Economist, Lawyer, and Activist [who] seeks to take on the vested political interests and take back Phoenix."

The Original North Phoenix T-Party calls Wright "the only true Tea Party Candidate [who] has announced" and says it hopes every Tea Party in Phoenix backs her candidacy.

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Food tax
Food tax

I am completely fine with anybody who wants to take on the city workers unions and cut the abominable food tax.

anonymous
anonymous

long-time member of the tea party? hasn't that group just been around for a year or two? have words lost their meanings? 

PoliticalGopher
PoliticalGopher

Wright has now closed her Facebook page to only but approved "friends" so no one can see it.  What kind of politician/candidate is that?  Closed? She is supposed to be tied to the Goldwater Institute, which is about transparency, but when it comes to being a candidate, forget the transparency unless you are an approved believer.  I think she is a prejudiced white woman with ax to grind and an unemployed constitutional lawyer.  I'd give Phil another term before even considering here. 

Guest
Guest

As one of her Facebook "Friends"  I can tell you she is hiding nothing. A facebook page is a personal thing, with pictures of kids, family and friends. There is a difference between your personal life and public life. She is never unclear about her politics and beliefs and there is nothing to hide. Allowing everyone to see your personal Facebook is simply not safe and irresponsible.

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Phil Gordon isn't running for re-election so he isn't an option that is on the table.  Perhaps after taking off your rose colored glasses you will review all the bona fide candidates not on the "color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Voice of Reason?
Voice of Reason?

See, the "tea parties" aren't really political parties.  I went to a meeting not long ago and met mostly disgruntled Republicans who view their "membership" in the tea party as a call for help into the political wilderness -- a hopefull call, no less -- that Republicans should begin to practice the fiscal conservatism they have long preached... sort of a "if you campaign on it, you better vote on it" mentality.  Not at all what the media has branded them, really.  I didn't meet any self-identifying Democrats there, but I did meet many independents, a few libertarians and a couple folks who just just said they were "voters".  You know, agree with 'em or not, if they can get the R's to keep their campaign promises... then maybe the Demos will get a similar group of their own... and then a few years from now, we might actually be able to believe something a politician actually says!!! LOL 

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

I have to disagree with your characterization as "aren't really political parties" as it applies to the Original North Phoenix Tea Party.  I was at the May 11th event.  They were explicitly planning to engage in political campaigning.  That is my definition of a political party.  Perhaps your definition differs from mine.

I also disagree with your characterization of the group as some sort of Republican adjunct.  All the people I heard talk took pains to advocate on behalf of ideas and not party.  I have made no secret of my position with the Libertarian Party (assistant state treasurer).  I was invited to address the group on equal footing with Jennifer Wright.  Based on this treatment I presume that should another candidate for mayor (of any political party or none whatsoever) wish to address the Original North Phoenix Tea Party that they would be given every opportunity to address the issues the group is concerned with (as Mayor Phil Gordon was in another recent meeting).  It has been my experience that Tea parties in particular are welcoming to "We the People".  They are the last group that wishes to exclude any candidate so long as that person is willing to forthrightly and honestly discuss the issues of the day.  

I see no reason why a person registered Democratic or Independent would wish to start their own Tea party group, unless they do not share the ideals upheld by the current Tea parties.  However if they choose to then I say, "Welcome to the Tea party!"

Thane EichenauerCandidate for Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona and PROUD member of the Libertarian Party and Boston Tea Partyhttp://friendsofthane.tkhttp://azlp.orghttp://bostontea.us

Gordon stoa
Gordon stoa

Good time to open up your ears and listen to ALL candidates. We need fiscal restraint .

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

She should help stir the pot. Unfortunately she will take some votes away from some of the qualified candidates.

By the way, where the heck are all these Tea Parties I keep hearing about?

guest
guest

How could ANYONE be a "longtime member of the Tea Party," unless maybe time is being kept in dog years?

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

I think the real question is "How many of the various candidates for mayor of Phoenix are willing to claim membership in any tea party?" I'll claim membership in the Boston Tea party. How many of the rest are willing to add the tea party to their resume?

Jed
Jed

she doesn't look very trusting to me. she looks fat to.

None of your business
None of your business

Jed, if that is what you use to decide on a candidate, do us all a favor and don't vote.

Frank Vitale
Frank Vitale

Experience in micro managing and not getting along with her peers is her key expertise

KL
KL

Evidence of such charge? 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Will she have Arpaio there to speak about how public officials need to be held accountable, and make wise choices on how taxpayer money is spent? Maybe "responsible management by elected officials"?

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