Is the Bloom Off the (Jason) Rose? PR Stuntman Lost More Petals in May

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The post-election dust has settled, and we would be remiss not to take a look at the scorecard for one of our favorite public-relations stuntmen -- famous (some would say infamous) spin-master Jason Rose.

We see that he lost a few more petals in May, but Rose tells New Times that business is good.

Rose represented Michael Monti in his failed bid for Tempe mayor against Mark Mitchell.

Monti lost, yet Rose says the Monti campaign represented his "proudest" work, and, indeed he boasts about closing the gap in a race that "no one thought was winnable."

Yeah, it was a close race.

A mere 139 votes gave the win to Mitchell, the "son of a statue," as Rose refers to the son of former Tempe mayor Harry Mitchell.

But his proudest?

The same race in which many politicos believe Rose masterminded one of the worst political attacks in recent history -- an accusation that Monti's opponent, Mitchell, molested a girl nearly 30 years earlier when they were both kids. No charges will be filed in the decades-old case.

Rose denies that he was a part of smearing Mitchell.

Also, Rose was part of the team behind Areas USA's failed attempt to win a more than half- billion-dollar concessions contract at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Areas had already lost the first part of the concessions contract, and was fighting to snag the second part.

Although Areas appealed its rejected bid, on May 16 the City Council awarded the contract to Areas' competitor.

Rose, who was just one member of a consulting team that also included one-time high-powered lobbyist Billy Shields, tells us that it is more than a tad unfair to assign blame to him.

"It wasn't my job to work the bureaucracy at the city," Rose says, adding that he was doing the public-relations work and pulling restaurants into the bid.

Rose concedes that the final-bid concessions winners -- HMSHost and SSP America -- had fantastic proposals and some exceptional restaurant brands behind them.

But, the process was flawed, he says.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton took exception to that assessment during the City Council discussion over the airport-concessions contract.

Stanton said the "participants involved in this contracting process have been a little too loose when it comes to challenging ethics of both the people [city staff] and the process and that has been something very, very disappointing to me."

He didn't stop there.

"I would say publicly that whoever advised these entities that that was the right approach, I think if you have learned one thing through this process, [it is] that that this is a professional process."

To anyone who believes that his rose is wilting, Rose says Rose, Moser, Allyn PR's revenues are up year after year, and they've had some successful campaigns. He points to a recent win when he took on political-action committee as a client and successfully fought to keep a QuikTrip gas station out of an east-Phoenix neighborhood.

What's more, he says, his firm has launched -- and is even financing-- a polo event in Scottsdale, among about 40 other projects it's working on.

Perhaps, but these lesser-known feats are overshadowed by the goings-on with some high-profile and very public campaigns/clients -- like getting fired by the Special Olympics Arizona, losing the Tempe mayor's race, and losing the Phoenix mayor's race.

In the latter, Rose represented Claude Mattox while the longtime councilman mulled a run for mayor, but Mattox didn't make it past the primary election even though he had been on the City Council for more than a decade, entered the campaign with the largest campaign war chest, and didn't have strong political enemies.

In late 2010, the Arizona Guardian ticked off a few more of those well-known losses.

At the end of the day, Rose says that he will continue to take on the "tough issues, and tough challenges."

And we'll keep collecting the fallen petals.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I would find it interesting to hear what the former candidates have to say about the job of Mr. Rose and Co.

It may not be all good.


A total disgrace to the PR industry! Period!

Press11 1 Like

Rose has been the lead in many slander campaigns. The more money he's paid, the dirtier the attack. Don't forget what he and Robert Anglen did to the Lund family. Rose charged them for "PR" work to get their probate story out to the public and it ended up being a slander campaign against them, by corrupt trustees who wanted to take over Lund's kids estates, with Rose again the captain of the ship. The Lund's had no idea that they had paid Rose to set them up to be ambushed and slandered! Rose really screwed himself. As Karma would have it, the corrupt trustees have admitted committing fiduciary violations against the Lund trusts and to illegally using trust funds to hire AZ attorney's Dan Cracchiolo and Bryan Murphy to maliciously attack the Lund family here in the probate court. Brad Lund, 42, has been held as a ward of the state for almost 2 1/2 years without a finding of incapacity. In fact he has been found to be competent by several Dr.'s.
This is what lies, greed and corruption do to families and innocent people. Rose should pray that no one ever does anything like this to him or his family. I wonder if he has a conscience ...probably not. He seems to enjoy plotting and attacking. Isn't that what they call a sociopath?


The name Rose fits him well. While his petals fall off this black Rose, we see more of his thorns and wish him farewell. Lucy Babeu


DON'T FORGET READERS - That Jason Rose was the mouthpiece behind Fulton Brock's denial of knowing ANYTHING about the happenings with his wife - now serving 13 years in prison for child molestation.  Wasn't it Jason Rose who spun the " I am shocked" BS when it first happened?  Only to find out through publicized police reports that Brock met with LDS officials long before the arrest of the Mrs.?  Add that to the LOSS COLUMN for Jason Rose.


Hold your nose if it involves Jason Rose.

Brolin480 1 Like

His wife is a very successful attorney. She must bring home the bacon. Maybe he can pitch a reality show: Real House Husbands of Scottsdale.


Collecting Fallen Petals in the form of Big Dollars.


Dunno. He has been begging other successful flacks all week to take him in as a partner. Words all over town in the industry. Wonder if his current staff know?. Appears not. 


He had other proud work. The wife of an int'l arms dealer who supplied weapons to terrorists and was later deported. Mayor Phil Gordon and the slush fund he set up to pay off his girl friend. And Scott Bundgaard after he punched his girl friend on the side of the road. Along with the Monti for Tempe campaign, all things to be proud of.


Why is there a picture of Larry Fine from the Three Stooges accompanying this article?


Proudest moment?  I can't even count how many lies they told about Mark Mitchell before trying to hit him over the head with the last accusation.  Jason Rose is in absolutely no position to deny the fact that he was involved in the dirtiest campaign in Tempe's history.  For God's sake, he was the captain of the ship!

Let's just chalk this one up to karma.


Indeed. Karma is a bitch and she bites...and methinks Karma is coming down hard on Mr. Rose. Almost without exception, PR flacks are a very slimy lot with no morals or ethics to speak of, right down there with televangelists, used car salesmen and real estate agents. (And I say this as one who spent time in the PR industry, but fortunately got out while I still had a soul.)  Jason Rose is easily the biggest slimeball among the slimeballs in the Phoenix PR industry, and deserves everything he's got coming to him, and then some.


It's the city councils fault, it's the bureaucracy's fault, the process is flawed, blah, blah blah.....


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