Marc Kaplan's letter (Feb. 20 Mail Call) characterizing "We The People's" earlier ad concerning Ken Murphy's record as "a negative advertising campaign" deserves comment on three counts:
1. Unfortunately, that chronological list was a factual compilation, all inclusive and verbatim, of where Mr. Murphy's tracks appear in the Roundup's 2002 and 2003 "Year in Review" columns. Discouraging as it is, those are the highlights of Mr. Murphy's term as mayor.
2. A friend who was also put off by the ad told me, "The voters already know all that." I would like to think he's right, but I seriously doubt it. We all have too many things driving our daily lives to keep two years of these facts in mind. That brings me to the third point:
3. Mr. Murphy's low regard for the intelligence of voters. Listening to his candidate interview on KMOG's Rim Country Forum on Feb. 16, I was stunned when he dismissed his various brushes with the law and said: "In all these situations, there was never any evidence produced about me having any alcohol involved ... It's just not true that alcohol was a factor in any of these issues that happened in the past."
Even a casual reading of press reports, police reports, the DPS investigation and numerous witness accounts of his altercations show a central theme of alcohol and intoxication. To say what he said on KMOG, he must hold voters in very low esteem.
When the KMOG discussion turned to the case involving his alleged threatening phone calls to Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer and Councilor Judy Buettner, he repeatedly said the charges had been dismissed -- another lie. If the charges are ever dismissed, it will be after he submits a formal written and published apology to each woman, a pledge not to do it again, and a commitment to not appeal his recent conviction in the infamous Oxbow Saloon altercations of August 2002.
But will he "blow off" this commitment like he ignored his December 2002 pledge to Payson citizens? "I pledge," he said, "that, should I be the cause of a public and controversial event during the remainder of my term, I will voluntarily resign my office as mayor."
In an election, we voters need the facts to make informed decisions; then we pray that we make the right decisions. Mr. Murphy's KMOG interview suggests he thinks Payson voters have amnesia.
Don Crowley, Payson