John Kavanagh Could Teach Panhandlers a Few Tricks
State Representative John Kavanagh revels in his self-appointed role as the rightwinger Arizona lefties love most to hate.
Since recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce (Kavanagh's pal) was pounded into mainstream political irrelevance in 2011, Kavanagh's eclipsed his erstwhile mentor to become Sand Land's Lord Voldemort for liberals, dreaming up all kinds of ways to send those on the D-side into fits of apoplexy.
Which makes him evermore popular with the bloodthirsty moon-howlers who remain the base of the local Republican Party.
Lately, he's been on a roll, twirling his mustache and doing his best Oil Can Harry.
Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh and state Rep. John Kavanagh at the Great Wall, one of a couple of shots of their freebie 2012 trip to China on Linda Kavanagh's FB page
In response to the scandal over Child Protective Services, its 6,500-plus un-investigated cases, and the consensus that more money needs to be allocated for such investigations, Kavanagh, with a gleam in his eye, informed various television reporters that the solution was simple: Raid a state fund that provides grants for early-childhood health and education, shave off 25 percent of its budget, and give it to CPS.
The idea went over like a boxcar of lead, particularly since Governor Jan Brewer brags about how the state has a nearly $1 billion surplus.
She repeated the claim in her State of the State speech, wherein she announced that she was "abolishing" (read: "renaming") CPS via executive order and creating a new agency to protect children.
The mere fact that Kavanagh, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, wanted to rob one set of needy kids to help another set, rather than use any surplus cash or, God forbid, raise rich folks' (or anyone's) taxes, offers an indication of just how black Kavanagh's little black heart really is.
Kavanagh's latest genius idea deals with the horrific societal scourge of over-aggressive panhandling. Of course, you'll be hard-pressed to find an actual mendicant in Fountain Hills, home of the aged and the monied and where Kavanagh lives with his wife, Linda, who happens to be mayor of the burg.
Seems it sticks in Kavanagh's craw that, last year, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake overturned as unconstitutional Arizona's law against "loitering to beg," which cops in Flagstaff were using to crack down on that city's homeless population.