Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
Her campaign responds those political charges with testimony from State Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, a lawmaker who fought to abolish the industry in 2008.
"Laura Pastor supported our ballot initiative to end pay-day lending," McCune Davis said in her statement. "Thanks to her and thousands of other Arizonans we were able to end this exploitation of the working poor here in Phoenix."
Pastor's campaign also points out that Johnson's disparagement is ironic because his campaign is being run by HighGround Inc., a high-profile lobbying firm that was the public relations arm of the payday loan industry when it tried to re-enter the market in 2009.
He says his votes won't be swayed by such connections, or financial contributions from political supporters. If they are going to have an impact on his opponent's votes, "then she shouldn't run, because to me, [contributions] don't have an impact."
Johnson's voting in May and June on projects that are making money for the same people helping to stuff his campaign coffers is aggravated by comments he made during that September 12 debate.
The moderator asked Johnson which council and mayoral candidates he has financially supported.
Johnson just laid out his pay-to-play-better philosophy for everyone to hear: