Our Social Media Post of the Day comes from Scottsdale resident and activist Mike Norton who fact checked a video on Mayoral candidate David Ortega. Here is a link to the video.
And here is Mike’s commentary:
Let me Fact Check this ad attacking David Ortega. For those who don’t want to read all of this – yes – I have good reason to believe every word of this ad about Ortega’s ethics – or lack thereof – and no – I had nothing to do with the ad and don’t know who produced it although I have some suspicions.
Oddly enough I became a bit of an historian regarding the City’s Ethics Code. Before I filed a complaint against Guy Phillips I spent a few weeks digging in to the E.C.’s history. Realizing the Complaint would likely lead to the first Three Judge Ethics Panel investigation in the City’s history, I wanted to be positive I was on solid ground before proceeding. I spoke with some of those who helped draft the Ethics Code. I spoke with members of the City Council and business leaders from 2000 to 2006 about their beliefs.
It was very clear that double dealing conflicts of interest by a few City Council members had become the norm.
Ortega’s double dealing was discussed at length by many. They said that he had no qualms about working for someone then voting at City Council on a project that was in their direct interest.
We hear many bellow now about City Council candidates taking large campaign donations from business interests. But those involved in creating the Ethics Code believed that Ortega was unique
I don’t know Lisa Borowsky well. I know a bit about one of her campaign consultants. There are issues there as well.
But Ortega’s history stinks.
Yes – I believe this ad is factually correct when it speaks about Ethics issues. I believe every word of it. (I could care little about his party affiliation but I do care about his ethics.)
And final note – when I filed the Phillips Ethics Complaint and did all the background research, none of us had any idea Ortega was going to run for Mayor, let alone become a finalist.
I have a lot of problems with the thought of Ortega being our Mayor. This one is at the top of the list.