Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
Howard's "breakfast club" meetings -- a monthly gathering of a cadre of developers and the politically connected.
As described in a 2010 New Times story, Howard's "breakfast club" meetings are often the source of huge campaign dollars for political candidates.
One Phoenix insider likened Justin Johnson's selection process among the mighty members of the breakfast club to the way that Pastor Warren Stewart received his stamp of approval to run in the District 8 race by a small clique of power brokers in the African American and Latino communities.
A far cry from a church basement, where Stewart supporters gathered to pledge support for his candidacy, Johnson's circle of political friends like Howard, Rick Cole, Billy Shields, Mike Leib and Dean Howard don't rely on the subtle security that an off the beaten-path basement provides.
Rather, they opt for the more obvious security provided by the prestigious members-only Arizona Country Club in the heart of Arcadia.
Much like Stewart was the choice of south Phoenix politicos, Johnson emerged as the candidate of choice for the north Phoenix development lobby.
Johnson says he attends Howard's breakfast club meetings, but adds that he will attend "any and every meeting" to which he's invited.