Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race

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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:


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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Don't vote for this 'sonny boy ' Johnson . I  had a uncle like this , and he drove my Grandpas radio and TV station  business into the ground...They  cant clean  crap from their  own   diapers -  DIAPER BOYS...

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Representative Ed Pastor has always done  ' MY  district  right '.... All though I  may  be a  little  to the left....Laura Pastor, with  her experience will be a great and honest fit  for district 4 ....   Thx.  to all who support Her , MAYOR STANTON AND  TOO  MANY TOO LIST...

Jason Fierstein
Jason Fierstein

Honestly, neither. Both have run an extremely negative campaign against one another, and the process has turned me off.

szelezic
szelezic

At this point I don't really care. I'm just sick of all the robo-calls. I'll be glad when its over.

james8394
james8394

I wish these kids would play nice. It's getting to where I'm not really liking either. That said, the article is really slanted (in a negative way) against Johnson. I'd like to add that he's been to my house twice, his father once, a cousin twice and an uncle once, and has replied to emails which tells me that at least he wants the job. Laura Pastor has sent one campaign aide one time but mails hit pieces every day. That's been my experience anyway. Oh yeah, FRONTERA, it's not her district. It's the residents district.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

If Pastor is anything like her father, then private sector jobs will disappear, property values will decline, the federal guns and badges will run all over the constitution, all the while she will be lining her pockets with tax payer $. peace

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

I believe PASTOR would represent her District much better.

loggedoff
loggedoff

@james8394 Makes you think he doesn't even have a job. So much for "working hard".

phindile
phindile

@james8394 frontera just picks the swarthiest candidate in any district, and doesn't think that they'd be the best, but rather believes it.

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