Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Guardian’

9th July
written by Sean Noble

The one thing I will say about this story, is that Giblin captures what little humor and wit I have. To that I say, well done sir.

GOP operative Sean Noble on mend after wreck

Tuesday, 07 July 2009 16:24 Paul Giblin

By Paul Giblin
The Arizona Guardian

Republican political strategist Sean Noble is recovering from injuries he sustained in an early morning car wreck Saturday.

Doctors removed Noble’s spleen during emergency surgery Saturday after he rolled his 2000 Infiniti I30 sedan two or three times south of Cordes Junction.

The former top aide to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg has been recovering at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix and expects to be discharged Wednesday.

Noble said he is getting along fine without his spleen.

“I don’t miss it. I really didn’t have much of a relationship with it,” he told the Guardian in a telephone interview.

He has been able to work a bit from the hospital, but his conservative political blog “Noble Thinking” has been uncharacteristically inactive in recent days.

Noble was returning home after speaking about tolerance and acceptance at a Mormon youth camp near Prescott. He decided to make the late-night drive because his teen-age daughter Kinsey recently had spinal surgery and he wanted to be with her.

He remembers the incident clearly.

He was headed south on Interstate 17, driving at 75 mph, listening to Tom Petty on the radio. It’s important to note, he said, that despite his well-earned reputation of being a BlackBerry addict, he was not using the device at the time. He had just checked the time; it was 12:20 a.m.

“I was sipping a soda and singing ‘Free Falling,’” he said.

It had rained earlier and he came upon a patch of water on the highway that caused his car to hydroplane, he said. The Infiniti spun and slid toward the edge of the highway.

Noble saw dirt next to the pavement and knew things were going to end poorly.

“The first thing that went through my mind is, ‘You’ve got to kidding me. The last thing I need is to be stranded here at this time of night,” he said.

The tires caught on the dirt and the car rolled two or three times – or more precisely, 2½ or 3½ times – stopping on its roof. Noble found himself hanging upside down from his seatbelt. Every window was shattered.

He unbuckled himself and crawled out a window. He couldn’t find his cell phone, so he walked back to the highway and waited about 10 minutes for another motorist to drive by.

Noble said he didn’t realize he was badly injured, though later tests indicated that his spleen was damaged and that he had internal bleeding.

“I was totally mobile. I was sore. What I thought was that I had broken a few ribs,” he said. “I’m just glad someone stopped.”

A motorist named Patrick stopped, called 911 and allowed Noble to use his phone to contact his wife. Noble sat in the Good Samaritan’s car until rescue personnel arrived. After the rescue team showed up, Patrick drove off. Noble never got his full name.

Noble said he’s thankful for the first responders and the doctors who treated him. And he’s been overwhelmed by the number and kindness of well-wishers who have contacted him since the wreck.

“I wish I hadn’t put myself in that position, but I’m glad I survived,” he said.

Shadegg said he’s spoken to Noble since the crash and has teased him about his poor driving.

“You can tell him I said the conservative movement needs bright and talented people like him and he needs to stop risking it with these car accidents,” Shadegg said.

Noble worked on Shadegg’s staff for more than a decade, finishing as chief of staff. Currently, he’s serving as a campaign consultant for 2010 GOP candidate Jim Ward in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District race, and he’s working on a national campaign opposed to President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative.

29th May
written by Sean Noble

The Arizona Guardian is breaking yet another story on a GOP operative in trouble with the law.  This one is a staffer for Senator John McCain, Carlos Sierra, who has a couple DUI’s and speeding violations.

So we’ve had the AZ GOP Executive Director Brett Mecum arrested a couple weeks ago, and now this.  My guess is that McCain will NOT follow Pullen’s example and actually show Sierra the door.

Updated: McCain staffer wanted by Phoenix authorities

Friday, 29 May 2009 18:17 Dennis Welch


By Dennis Welch
The Arizona Guardian

Phoenix authorities have issued arrest warrants for a staff assistant to U.S. Sen. John McCain who is accused of skipping two court appearances on separate DUI charges this year.

Carlos Sierra, who works at McCain’s regional office in Tempe, was arrested twice within a five-week period on suspicion of DUI, according to records from Phoenix Municipal Court.

Each time, the court records show, Sierra didn’t show up for his assigned court date.

Sierra, 27, says there must be a mix-up because he thought his attorney took care of the matter. He declined to release the name of his lawyer.

“I haven’t received any notices in the mail,” Sierra said Friday during a phone interview. “My lawyer told me he took care of it and I believe him.”

Officials with the court said it was possible the case was resolved and the paperwork hasn’t been changed. But as of Friday afternoon, they said, the arrest warrants were still live and there are no records indicating Sierra and his attorney fixed the legal problem.

McCain’s office wasn’t waiting to find out.

“The matter is currently under review,” said McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan. “However, he has been suspended immediately.”

Sierra was first arrested about 2 a.m. March 28 on suspicion of DUI after Phoenix police clocked him going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone near Missouri and 14th Street. Sierra, who drives black, 2006 four-door Cadillac, also is accused of running a red light.

Records do not show exactly what his blood alcohol content was at the time of the arrest, only that it was more than .08, which is the legal limit.

Phoenix police arrested Sierra again about 9 p.m. May 2, this time for the more serious accusation of extreme DUI, according to court records. Once again, documents don’t say precisely what his blood alcohol level was at the time, only that it exceeded .20.

In addition to the DUI, Sierra is accused of driving 60 mph in a 40 mph stretch near 24th Street and Camelback Road. Phoenix police also cited him for not having proof of insurance or registration and driving on the sidewalk.

Although Sierra listed on a Phoenix police report that he was employed by the U.S. Senate when he was first arrested, he told authorities he was unemployed when he was arrested the second time.

Officials at McCain’s offices in Phoenix and Tempe on Friday confirmed he still works for the Arizona senator and former presidential contender. When asked about this discrepancy, Sierra declined to comment.

8th January
written by Sean Noble

Howie Fischer is a nightmare for any politician, press secretary, campaign manager or spinmeister.  He is the dean of the Arizona Capital press corps, and one of the best reporters I have ever had the pleasure (and displeasure) of dealing with.

If you hold a press conference, and Howie deems it important enough to attend, he will be the first question, and you can bet it will likely be the toughest question of the day – and the press conference usually goes downhill from there.

He likes to say that he is an “equal opportunity a**h**e” and that is the absolute truth.  I have personally been on both ends of that equation – and it happened on the same day. 

I was the Victory Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party in 2006 and the Democrat Party filed a complaint saying that I was inappropriately working to help the Republican nominee, Len Munsil.  Howie asked me some tough questions and then went to the press conference the Democrats staged.  There, Chuck Blanchard (the Dem party lawyer) and David Waid (the Dem Party ED/Chairman) were saying all sorts of unkind things about me, and then Howie says to David, “so you are accusing Sean of working to help get Munsil elected?”  Waid said yes, to which Howie asked, “And how exactly is that different than what you are doing for Janet Napolitano?”  (pause for the chirping crickets) 

Waid and Blanchard were both rendered speechless and then the entire press corps, who had tromped over the Dem HQ for the presser, turned against them realizing that their complaint was a bunch of garbage.  I loved Howie that day. And I still do (or at least until the next time he’s grilling me for a story).

The folks at The Arizona Guardian did a great profile story on Howie, and I thought I’d link it here because I could.  Whatever technical difficulty they were having last night has been resolved for now, so their news is now accessible again.

Here is a tidbit that you won’t read in the profile of Howie, and he might get mad at me for exposing this, but turnabout is fair play:

As of 2006, Howie has been a high-propensity, primary-voting Republican.  I kid you not.  And he’s an early voter to boot.  From the straight analysis of vote history, Howie Fischer and I are the same animal.  Welcome to the twilight zone.

8th January
written by Sean Noble

As Greg at espressopundit has covered, for the better part of three years, the newspaper industry is collapsing.  As one peice piece of evidence of that demise, four recently laid-off political reporters have started a news website called The Arizona Guardian.  They launched at the beginning of the year, and have had some pretty good coverage.

When I first went to the site, it asked me to set up a login, which I thought was a little odd – but I did it.  When I went on the site tonight and tried clicking on a story, this is what popped up:


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Huh?  It’s now a subscribtion service?  I suppose that may have been the plan all along, but I’m guessing that it is also because they didn’t get as many advertisers as they had hoped for.  What’s worse, there is no way to actually sign up for the subscription.  Above you will notice some text that says, “No payment proccessor installed or published.”  So, even those who are willing to pay (like me) can’t, and so there are what appear to be pretty good stories that are completely inaccessible.  Not a great way to report the news.