Posted on | April 3, 2010 | 20 Comments
During a fund-raiser Tuesday at his home in Paradise Valley, I interviewed Mayor Vernon Parker, who is running for Congress in Arizona’s 3rd District.
Please excuse my usual “uh-ahh” stumbling — the Detective Columbo style as an interviewer works better in print than on video — and also please excuse the poor lighting. Sundown was rapidly approaching when we arrived at the event and I kept trying to get Vernon away for an interview before it got too dark. But it was a fund-raiser, and the people with the money are ultimately more important than a mere reporter, so it took a while to corner the candidate. Some photos:
Vernon and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The slightly irritated look on Sheriff Joe’s face is probably a result of his being introduced to a guy named “McCain.” I’m lucky he didn’t have me arrested.
Vernon talks to two supporters at Tuesday’s fundraiser. It was a $50 per-person event and at one point during the reception, I saw Vernon’s wife Lisa advising him to spend a little extra time talking to certain guests who, according to campaign sources, could afford to “max out” their contributions. That’s the kind of political savvy every candidate’s wife needs.
Of course, our good friend Barbara Espinosa has already “maxed out” to the Parker campaign, and is encouraging all her friends to do likewise.
The candidate checks his e-mail prior to our interview last week at his campaign headquarters. Despite his youthful appearance, by the way, Parker is 50 years old.
The big news for the Parker campaign last week was that the candidate raised $230,000 in the first quarter, putting him well ahead of the field. Parker had originally been campaigning for governor, but switched to the congressional race in January after Rep. John Shadegg decided to retire. For a more professional-quality video than my interview, try this:
Interesting quote from that video:
“When people tell me that you can’t do this or you can’t do that or we have no options — no, that’s not right.”
Or, as my father always said, “Can’t never could.”
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