Is the Anti-Mark Mitchell Crowd Pulling the "Most Repulsive Last-Minute Attack in Arizona History"?

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This week, folks not too fond of Tempe mayoral candidate Mark Mitchell have been pushing a report from the Phoenix Police Department, in which a woman claims Mitchell engaged in some sexual activities with her when she was a kid, and Mitchell was 13 or 14 years old.

As we mentioned yesterday, the woman contends these incidents occurred in 1983, and just recently brought this up to the cops.

According to the police report, the woman "expressed that this has been eating at her for years and it has gotten worse lately due to the public exposure of Mitchell at this time as he is a current Tempe City Councilman who is a mayoral candidate for the City of Tempe."

Some of the things in the report don't really seem to add up, but some of the anti-Mitchell folks say it's not about the woman's claims in the report, the part they're bothered by is that Mitchell told police he didn't know who the woman was, despite talking to her a few days earlier. Or so they claim that's what's upsetting.

Jason Rose, the PR dude for Mitchell's opponent, Michael Monti, told the Arizona Republic in a story posted late last night that he had "nothing to do with it." The paper adds that Rose also "complained" that no one in the media picked up on the story. Rose is also the one who denied having anything to do with the Ben Quayle/Brock Landers episode.

Regardless, it's not very likely that anything would happen to Mitchell in this case/alleged smear attempt described by Mitchell as "what may be the most repulsive last-minute attack in Arizona history."

That leads us to this morning's question: Is this the "most repulsive last-minute attack in Arizona history"?

Cast your vote below, and consider that Jan Brewer's still not dying and Terry Goddard's still not gay:



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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It's one crook or the other, what difference does it make?     Anybody who wants to be in political office should be disqualified.    Make all the offices non paying and then see how many want it.

Republicouldnt
Republicouldnt

Hey Matthew Hendley, did you see http://tempethoughts.com/2012/...
 
Monti got an "anonymous letter" on April 9th with these allegations!  This was the day before Mark Mitchell knew anything about it!  Coincidence that it went on Sonoran Alliance before the any official police report?

MaxQ
MaxQ

The first article on Sonoran Alliance regarding rumors that Mark Mitchell might be under some sort of investigation wasn't until over two weeks later on April, 24th. By April 24th, according to this article in the Tempe Thoughts as well as the article in the Arizona Republic, many people and media outlets knew that there were at least rumors of an investigation of Mark Mitchell including the Arizona Republic and the entire Tempe City Council. The Republic mentions Mitchell stating that he was asked about the investigation by an unnamed television reporter before being contacted by the police on the 10th. So the rumors of an investigation had been known by many in the media before the Sonoran Alliance reported about those rumors on the 24th and asked for the police report to be released.

Conservative American
Conservative American

What's funny is that MaxQ and the AZGOP actually think they are fooling anyone with this late-election surprise.

They don't think very highly of the average AZ voter, do they? 

TruConserve
TruConserve

Seriously?

Well before the police report came public Communications Director for the AZGOP was teasing the story.

What did Shane know and when did he know it?  What is he hiding?

Tempe12
Tempe12

Wow if people only knew what kind of baggage comes with Monti if voted into the Mayor position, his family and cohorts are a bunch of nutjobs.

MaxQ
MaxQ

Matthew Hendley, the author of this article, is either being lazy or dishonest by leaving out one very key bit of information at the very beginning of the police report. The police report states:

"DURING AN INTERVIEW REGARDING AN UNRELATED INVESTIGATION, VICTIM [NAME REDACTED] DISCLOSED TO ME THAT SHE HAD BEEN THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE AS A 10 YEAR OLD CHILD AT THE HANDS OF HER BABYSITTER, IS MARK MITCHELL."

The alleged victim didn't just randomly call up the police department one day and "bring this up to the cops", if this statement in the report is accurate.  She mentioned what lead to the investigation of Mark Mitchell during an interview by the police for a completely different investigation into something else.

So if this were a deliberate "smear" organized somehow by the so-called "Anti-Mark Mitchell Crowd" and/or Jason Rose, one would have to believe that they not only encouraged someone to make the allegations against Mark Mitchell but that they found someone who was already part of a totally unrelated police investigation into something else. That would be a pretty convoluted, complex, and unlikely way to plant a "smear".

Rob
Rob

 Max, do you place as much validity in Mesa PD's report of Russell Pearce beating down his ex-wife's apartment door and choking her (which also included a witness) as you do this one?

MaxQ
MaxQ

I place more validity in the Mesa PD's report because it appears to be consistent with similar behavior that Russell Pearce allegedly engaged in later with his current wife according to divorce papers filed but later withdrawn by his current wife. I am not a Russell Pearce fan.

I don't see what Russell Pearce has to do with the Mark Mitchell case or my comments about the author of this story omitting a key aspect of the Mitchell police report though.

MaxQ
MaxQ

How am I a hypocrite if I agree that Mesa PD's report on Russell Pearce had as much or more validity than the one on Mark Mitchell? Sounds more like I am being consistent. Strange response on your part.

TruConserve
TruConserve

Bloody hypocrite - and a shameless one at that.

Your delight in the mental anguish this woman is suffering is sickening.

Woman2Woman
Woman2Woman

Eleanor Holguin....if I recall correctly, merely a few months ago, you posted on this very site, and self proclaimed that as a child you were the unfortunate victim of child molestation. According to your own words, it took you years to come to grips with the molestations, and finally found the inner strength as a woman to openly discuss your abuse. Now, a woman comes forward years later and does the VERY thing you did, and comes forward to report her alleged sexual abuse. How can you be so quick to condemn this woman and support Mark Mitchell - prior to all the facts coming out? How would you have felt if people dismissed your self disclosures as being a victim of child molestation as lies? Often, as you personally experienced; it takes many years to heal and to be able to discuss the terrible atrocities associated with being molested. I'm NOT taking sides either way, but let's not simply write off the victims account of being molested as being politically motivated. Mitchell is a man, all man is capablle of making mistakes. If it happened, bless all and may the healing begin. Thank you for having the courage to openly discuss your most unfortunate experience, and I would never simply write you off as a lier, nor try to determine your motivation for coming forward. Lastly, this is NOT about Michael Monti......it's about Mitchell, the alleged victim and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

I never dismissed this woman's claims nor have I condemned her. Please read what I said I never mentioned this woman. I truly understand how it takes some many years to come forward and if this is true then she needs to deal with it.

She is an adult now keeping her identity a secret does not benefit her or anybody else in this matter. I speak openly, using my real name, no redactions here. If you want to claim it own it.

This story is about Mitchell but it is also about the dirty politics involved and when you have Hugh Hallman and Onnie Shekerjian involved in Monti's campaign you can be sure there is plenty of dirty politics involved.

I thanked the writer for writing the story that does not defend anybody's actions in this case. If you want to call me out do it with your real name and do it correctly. Know your facts before you start in on anybody.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

This sounds so similar to the Saban thing in 2004, involving Saban and his crazy foster mom.

And some of the same folks are involved from the Monti camp.

That Jason Rose character just reeks of slime in everything he's involved with!

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Thanks for covering this Mr. Hendley.

I know Mr. Mitchell might not want this sort of publicity but I think it shows that all of Monti's other tactics haven't worked and this is the last effort he has to "win" this election.

That is his only concern, winning at no cost. This only hurt the citizens of Tempe but since when does city hall really care about what the citizens need and want from their elected officials.

Monti, if by any chance you win this election I make you this promise, it will be a very difficult ride for you in that office at city hall. There are many others like me who will make sure you understand what you are involved in.

I've seen the "friendship" between Hallman and Ryff and I doubt you have that sort of "friendship" with Ryff to continue to protect him at the Tempe Police Department.

I will step out and say you will probably lose this race. Your antics and those of your supporters have been a disgrace to this community. Many have seen that and many have commented on it publicly as you have seen.  Where is your support Monti? I don't see the blogs blowing up with your supporters and how wonderful you are.

I will be at council tonight if either of you would like to speak with me feel free to. You know where I usually am, well you do Mark, Monti doesn't normally attend council meetings.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

This is the sleaziest ad so far. It remains to be seen if it will retain it's first place status after Pearce's next political campaign.

MaxQ
MaxQ

How is this an "ad"?There was no "ad". So far there was just a police report from the Phoenix Police Department.

Conservative American
Conservative American

Someone needs to buy a dictionary.

Ad: A notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy.

The mayoral race is all about a job vacancy.

Rick, first class Prick
Rick, first class Prick

two problems with this. First of all, why did this lady take close to 30 yrs to reveal this.  Surly if this was "eating' her.  Secondly, the guy was a minor, so her story is probally false.  She needs to grow-up. sounds like she is over 25 years too late.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

Yet, she went on to claim that *It's* "been eating at her for years". I'm surprised that *It* didn't eat its way to the bone. And here she is, still alive and coming out with an allegation some 30 years later. It's an allegation, which implies that it's not a proven fact. Until she shows us evidence and proof that the horror occurred in 1983.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Would you expect anything less sleazy from Shane and his group of nutcase Pearce lickers at Sonoran Alliance?

 

MelvinS
MelvinS

Speaking of nutcases, you are so obsessed with Shane Wikfors and Sonoran Alliance that you are posting here impersonating Wanumba, one of the more frequent commenters on Sonoran Alliance. I think you have been posting here using the handles of other Sonoran Alliance commenters too. That is pretty weird, dude....

Wanumba
Wanumba

 He stole the name from me, I was posting as Wanumba in 1984 off of my Commodore Vic 20.

That's Headly Lamarr

TruConserve
TruConserve

It's a gravatar, it's unique to him.

No matter what you might think, he is whom he is.  You're getting played ...

TruConserv
TruConserv

... and the game continues.  Dance, monkey, dance!

MelvinS
MelvinS

This is another example of your weird obsession. This name is from a commenter on Sonoran Alliance too. Except you didn't pay close enough attention to the way the commenter actually spells the name.

Bizarre. LOL!

Rob
Rob

 Where is he impersonating that nutcase?
Screen name?  I wasn't aware that Wanumba had trademarked his name.
In fact, I asked him and he said he hadn't.

For tough, no nonsense and no compromise "conservatives" you guys sure have some pretty thin skin.

MelvinS
MelvinS

Thin skin? LOL. I am not mad about it. I just think it is weird. Why would someone go out of their way to post using such an unusual name as Wanumba and also obviously use other names that are the same as frequent Sonoran Alliance commenters? That is just indicative of some strange obsession with Sonoran Alliance.

Also, you asked Wanumba if his screen name was trademarked? Really? That is pretty odd too. Why would you bother doing that? LOL!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 Is it true Shane became a Dem now that Obama says he and American Conservative should be able to get married?

Conservative American
Conservative American

The problem is that they can only marry one of the many sock-puppets the other uses to make it look like others agree with him.

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