Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
"I would say, every single council member that's actually on the City Council today. I'm in the construction business, I'm a general contractor, and we often submit plans down to the City; and it's nice to have people to call down there, and ask for help on what the process is, how we can make it smoother, how we can make it better."
He tells New Times that the comment was taken out of context. He says that in the second half of his comment he talked about how he "believed in the City of Phoenix" and that it was important to work hard and support it.
Watch the video and judge for yourself.
We asked why he would make such a connection between his financial contributions to elected officials and getting something in return for his construction business.
"I stand by my reasons," he says. "I donated because I believe in the City of Phoenix."
Johnson points out that developers have also donated money to Pastor's campaign.
"They're just people," he says of developers, and argues that his background and experience in the industry will give him an edge over Pastor since he will be able to recognize the difference between responsible development and irresponsible development.
It's unclear exactly which development pots and projects Johnson has his fingers in because, as we noted earlier, while he lists various limited liability corporations in his financial disclosure statement, those connections aren't reflected on official records filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission.