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9th March
written by Sean Noble

eArizona Republic editorial writer, Doug MacEachern, is one of the bright spots at the Arizona Republic. He is a thoughtful, conservative writer who weighs in on some of the most important policy matters that face the state.  He has almost single-handedly dealt a blow to the Union thuggery known as “card check” – the idea that workers can organize into a union by merely signing a card, rather than having a private ballot.  He pointed out the hypocrisy that Democrats advance when they support such un-American and anti-worker legislation.

So it got my attention when, in a “Quick Hit,” MacEachern called out State Sen. Ron Gould for bad manners for walking out on Gov. Brewer’s faux State of the State address after she raised the possibility of tax increases to deal with the budget mess she inherited from Janet Napolitano. 

Sen. Ron Gould’s ungracious exit

by Doug MacEachern

I was on the House floor during Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget-balancing speech in which she urged lawmakers to consider a temporary tax hike.

I didn’t see the showboating, midspeech exit by Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, who apparently needed to make the evening all about him. Sorry I missed him. I would have asked him where he left his manners.

 Now, it isn’t unprecedented for legislators to walk out of speeches by chief executives for saying things they disagree with.  Matt Salmon and John Shadegg did it to President Bill Clinton back in the 90’s.  The difference is that it was someone from the opposing party.  Some will argue that Sen. Gould showed maverick independence by walking out of Gov. Brewer.  Others, like MacEachern, just think it is rude.  I don’t recall ever hearing that Sen. Gould walked out of a Napolitano speech.

What do you think?

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  1. Mr. Conservative

    State Sen. Ron Gould is not much of what I would call a “pleasant person” and as much as I agree with him on issues he really needs to learn to smile once in a while… Walking out on Gov. Brewer was not good. He never should have done it.

  2. 09/03/2009

    I could go either way but in the end I would say that as 99% of us wasn’t there and wasn’t going to hear Brewer’s speech in person and being that her speech wasn’t going to change much one way or the other as the governor doesn’t initiate tax legislation or spending legislation then why should I care if Gould walked out? Let her give another speech when she signs a referendum sales tax bill or a bill spending hundreds of millions of excess government spending (both situations where Gould won’t be expected to show up at).

  3. Horatio

    Now if he had pulled a Tommy Smith/John Carlos move..that would have been fun.

    “Pity the poor, diseased politician. Imagine: to spend your days and expend your efforts making rules for others to live by, thinking up ways to run other lives. Actually to strive for the opportunity to do so! What a hideous affliction!” – From The Second Book Of KYFHO (F. Paul Wilson, “An Enemy of the State”)

  4. Ann

    When the benchmark for conservative leadership in Arizona is ALL about taxes and immigration not about spending, job creation, and effective governance folks like Sen. Gould rule the day. That he has been made the poster boy for true conservatism, under that flawed measurement, only emboldens his efforts.

    This was downright rude and another notch in the belt of those who would kill the Republican Party while making a name for themselves along the way. They do not see the damage they do; egos and blind ambition have gotten in the way. Randy Pullen should take him to the wood shed and fast.

  5. 10/03/2009

    It was very rude!

    Congratulations Senator Gould, you have now been made completely irrelevant. Walking out on the speech really shows a commitment to working through the problems and getting the state back on track.

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