In the past seven days, Iâ€™ve received six unsolicited emails from Phoenix City Council member Sal Diciccio – along with one each from his wife and from fellow council member Peggy Bilsten. Regardless of the name, they all come from the Sal Diciccio re-election campaign. And they all desperately try to convince readers that Sal DiCiccio is not a small-minded, small-time, ethically dyslexic shyster.
As Iâ€™ve written before, I never signed up to receive these emails. DiCiccio has never responded to my questions about how I wound up on his email list. Nor did the City of Phoenix public information officer. My suspicion: DiCiccio, in an act of dubious legality and ethics, culled the cityâ€™s email system for addresses to add to his personal and political lists. Iâ€™ve received numerous emails from groups with ties to DiCiccio – and I didnâ€™t sign up to receive email from any of them.
But hey, thatâ€™s just the â€œhow.â€ Letâ€™s talk about the â€œwhy.â€
Iâ€™m getting this haboob of emails because Karlene Keogh Parks, DiCiccioâ€™s opponent in the election, scares him. Heâ€™s afraid.
Thatâ€™s because Keogh Parks supporters have done a great job of laying out the truth: that developers and lobbyists love DiCiccio. Even better, Keogh Parks has the backing of Mayor Greg Stanton. I wonâ€™t say Stanton is perfect, but I believe he has the city headed in a good direction â€¦ in a direction that DiCiccio would never travel. The only ideas Sal DiCiccio offers are cutting spending (and therefore services) while demonizing honest city workers by spreading half-truths about what they earn. Thatâ€™s not enough for a city struggling to modernize and re-invent itself as a real community.
DiCiccio is running so scared that he sent out an email blast in his wifeâ€™s name complaining about personal attacks on his family. Any hour, I expect a â€œbe nice to my daddyâ€ message from his daughter. (UPDATE: A few hours after I drafted this, I got another SalMail titled â€œWatch for Children as Back to School Starts. Nothing says â€œdesperateâ€ like a â€œwonâ€™t someone please think of the children?â€ email. A second SalMail followed about an hour later.)
If you need more evidence that re-electing DiCiccio is a bad move, read this blog post about his many distortions of fact.
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