Tables Turned on Michael Monti Supporter, as "Your" Cops Apparently Like Monti for Tempe Mayor

Categories: Election 2012
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Matthew Hendley
The picture above was an interesting sighting at the corner of Baseline and McClintock in Tempe today. As you can see, "your" cops apparently support Michael Monti for Tempe mayor.

That's interesting, seeing as it was just a few weeks ago that a Monti fan complained that "your" firefighters support Mark Mitchell for mayor, according to campaign signs.

We phoned up Randy Keating, chairman of the Legislative District 17 Democrats, to see if he planned on ripping down the pro-Monti signs, considering the district's Republican Party chair A.J. LaFaro told the Arizona Republic he planned on doing just that to pro-Mitchell signs, as he thought they violated city rules.

"No, I do not," Keating tells New Times.

OK, so it's not turning into a sign-stealing battle, but Keating says he did file a complaint with the city over the same issue -- mostly because LaFaro played the same card.

"These types of signs recently [became] the topic of controversy when, Monti supporter, Mr. A.J. La Faro filed a formal complaint against the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona," Keating's complaint says. "Mr. LaFaro upped the ante when he advocated that his group, the Legislative 17 Republicans, violate state law and take the Fire Fighters' signs down.
 
"Unfortunately, Mr. LaFaro, a Monti supporter, seems to lack the same outrage for the near exact signs paid for by and put up by Mr. Monti and did not make a complaint against him," the complain continues. "Therefore, I feel compelled to file this complaint with your office."

This was getting saucy until a couple of hours ago, as the Arizona Republic reports City Manager Charlie Meyer told LaFaro his complaint was in the garbage "closed."

Also a fun fact about the sign battle: The pro-Mitchell signs were paid for by United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association. The Monti signs, as you can see in the fine print in the photo at the top, are paid for by "Monti4Mayor."

Keating points that out in his complaint that it's not a police union or group supporting Monti, according to the sign, it's just cops. "Your" cops. If you have cops, they love Monti, according to Monti's sign.

"Mr. Monti's signs are deceptive to Tempe residents," Keating's complaint says. "They do no represent any real endorsement from 'law enforcement,' and were only purchased and posted by Mr. Monti to mislead the voting public."

LaFaro has an explanation. He tells New Times that he sent in the complaint on March 24, before the Monti signs touting the approval of "your" cops went up.

Additionally, LaFaro says he doesn't think "your law enforcement" was a reference to police officers, saying he would've expected the signs to be paid for by a police union if that were the case.

"When I saw those signs go up...it was my impression that they were talking about the attorneys," he says.

The attorneys being Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Attorney General Tom Horne, who have indeed endorsed Monti for mayor.

Either way, "your" firefighters like Mitchell, "your law enforcement" likes Monti, "your" cops (many of them) like Mitchell, and everyone's complaints are probably going in the garbage. (It's Tempe, so maybe the recycle bin.)

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Fire Sale
Fire Sale

What is even more exciting is that since the firefighters dumped Mark - anyone seen the yellow signs being repaired? No? Wonder why? Because the firefighters are supporting Dick Foreman and that makes the Dems mad! And now the married couple of FF Union & Democrat Party have decided to split the sheets and Mark's the loser. Good for our union for finally doing something right in the political arena.

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Mark's "positive" campaign in action all across the comment zones everywhere. See above. Why are you so angry? By the way, how much was your tax bill?

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Monti's accomplishments include a law degree, multiple languages, civic leadership, successfully starting organizations like "Arizona First!", leading in Green Technology and entreprenuership. Name Mark's accomplishments. Huh? Of course, according to Mark he is responsible for everything - except his business' failure, the lawsuits against it for not paying employees and bad business dealings. And hiding his arrest record.

Doublen
Doublen

The only good thing to come out of the economy tanking was that these ridiculous plans for a blight on a landmark of Tempe was put aside.

Doublen
Doublen

Monti is clearly desperate as seen by these ridiculous moves by he and his supporters. He is playing dirty. Notice none of this stuff originating from the Mitchell camp??? Ask yourself, who would you want in charge?

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

I'm having a hard time giving a shit about these nerds and their political signs. I did try to care, but it just didn't happen. Godspeed to all the nerds that want to get fired up about this. Kenny Powers is too busy getting laid with actual women to care.

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Above comment: Democrat staff. Bought. Paid for.

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Democrat talking points listed above.

Yeeeep
Yeeeep

Check out an arrest record and booking photo of Tempe Councilman Mark Mitchell. He was arrested in Tempe for delaying and obstructing a Police Officer during a bar fight. Go to Monti4mayor.com and learn the truth.

Right4U
Right4U

what, wait a minute.....

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Monti paid for his own signs, and the law enforcement referenced are not prohibited from advocating for a candidate in this race.  The Mitchell firefighter signs were not paid for by the Mitchell campaign. They were paid for by an outside special interest group that Mitchell is beholden to and were meant to deceive voters. The Mitchell signs are prohibited by law. That is the decision of the Tempe City Attorney. The facts are the facts. It's actually very simple.

Togarsucks
Togarsucks

 "Either way, "your" firefighters like Mitchell, "your law enforcement" likes Monti, "your" cops haven't said anything, and everyone's complaints are likely going in the garbage. (It's Tempe, so maybe the recycle bin.)"

This is incorrect.  The Arizona Police Association has endorsed Mark Mitchell.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

"Additionally, LaFaro says he didn't think "your law enforcement" was a reference to police officers,"

Wait, since when does "law enforcement" not evoke images of police officers?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

As I said at Azcentral.....

Having endorsement from Montgomery and Horne isn't such a big deal.  They are just a corrupt as they come and if they endorse this prick then that says a lot about Monti.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

How many different screen names are you using, Monti?

This election is non partisan, why do you keep trying to make it be about being a dem or repub?

Stop being such a fucking prick and whiner. Your not getting your way and can't handle it.

Grow up and if you want Mitchell to be more "mature" figure out what it means first.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

You can also blame those higher taxes your buddies Hallman and Onnie.

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

Plenty of negative stuff effeminates from the Mitchell camp. It's just that Mark doesn't put his name on it. Time to man up Mark. You've gone negative. Tell your cronies who started all the whisper campaigns and all the devious tricks. Come on Mark. Tell the truth.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

That doesn't change my mind about that prick Monti.

I'm gonna see both of them tonight.......

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

If is it so simple why are the signs allowed?

Andrew Ching is beholden to Hallman and his antics not to the citizens of Tempe.

Monti is also beholden to special interest groups in case you didn't know.

Ewok Watch
Ewok Watch

Considering that Eleanor Holguin is Bill Richardson's love child with a Ewok, I'm not very moved by her opinion. Did you and Bill talk before you posted this or did this come indirectly from The Forest Moon of Endor? I didn't think Ewoks cussed. Who knew?

Ewok Watch
Ewok Watch

Listen carefully Eleanor...I'll type slowly for you...the Monti signs are l..e..g..a..l. And Ching is allowing the firefighter signs...from...M..i..t..c..h..e..l..l. What part of this discussion is Bill having a hard time explaining to you?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Seeing as how Bill is only 8 years older than me you comment is pretty ignorant.

I don't care if you are moved by my opinion or not there are a lot of people who are.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

You know what Monti, you might try and make it to a meeting or two since what happens in the meeting isn't what you see on TV or the internet. They have this policy of censoring the City Council meetings for almost a year now. It's too bad that you don't pay attention enough to know that,

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

You were right....are you Monti?

It was very ignorant of me to assume that since Monti is now running for Mayor of Tempe that he might actually show up at the Tempe City Council meetings.

I forgot it's not his thing. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Bill and I have not been discussing Monti. Our discussions have been about Babeu, if you would like we could redirect them to Monti.

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