Lawrence Robinson, District 8 Candidate, Target of Political Attack
|Lawrence Robinson speaking at a campaign event.|
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Robinson finds himself at the center of a political attack in this race against Pastor Warren Stewart, Kate Widland Gallego, Carolyn T. Lowery, and Luis F. Rodriguez.
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In this complaint, the unnamed writer says that he considers himself an "educated voter" who conducts thorough "research [on] each candidate's background." However, in his 35-page grievance statement, complete with 11 exhibits, this "educated" individual stops his research short of actually resolving the allegations he creates.
It doesn't seem that finding answers was this educated voter's goal. It makes for much better political fodder to tell would-be voters that your opponent is getting "investigated" by state officials.
This complaint largely accuses Robinson of "false legal representation" for listing on his résumé and other places that he served as a "staff attorney" for various organizations, including the Democratic Caucus at the Arizona House of Representatives.
Robinson passed the bar in New York but is not licensed to practice law in Arizona. Though he hasn't practiced law -- or claimed to have been a practicing attorney in this state -- this complaint says Robinson has engaged in public deception and tried to "induce others to believe that [he was] authorized to engage in the practice of law in this state."
And the complaint also alleges that he was practicing law for the Brooklyn Family Defense Project in New York before he successfully passed the bar exam in that state.
To "thoroughly" research the candidates, educated voter should have picked up the phone and called the Democratic Caucus to ask about Robinson's role as a staff attorney.