Why I believe Endorsements for the most part shouldn’t influence voters other than possibly get their attention as to who’s running and what they need to do to make their Votes Count.
I’ve been asked over the yrs. while Hosting AM Radio to give Endorsements, and learned early on to be very selective and always do my homework before just handing them out to anyone who asked. Endorsements have many purposes, and of course the person soliciting the Endorsements are hoping it influences voters familiar with the endorser will at least give them a look or even better Financial Support and Votes.
The endorsers reasons for handing out endorsements has its’ benefits as well, it makes them look like an informed celebrity or office holder and may even gain them new viewers, listeners or supporters and future favors as well. There’s a Dark Side to Endorsements, it’s that most who give them know little about the Candidate they’re endorsing and mostly depend on staff or others who recommend the candidate, and give one out without any true knowledge of the Candidate they’re endorsing, not realizing if closely examined whether they’d even support them as a Voter.
I hope anyone reading this takes the time to check out the Candidates being endorsed and not blindly follow the directions of the person giving the endorsement, it can lead to having people in office who aren’t what they claim as many in AZ have 1st hand experience represented by Sen. McCain and others.
The best way to see who to support is check out their voting records if they’ve held or hold office and if not then check their history of Political Activism on issues important to all of us such as Education, Budgetary matters, check to see who they’ve supported at the local, state and federal levels, these are usually the best indicators of what the Candidate truly supports and will if elected.
I know in LD 22’s SCW and LD 21’s SC we have an ongoing battle with the AZ Corp. Comm. on a water issue, and even though hundreds of voters signed petitions and spoke out against the proposed increase to them at AZ Corp. meetings only B. Burns voted with the voters and against a form of Socialism in AZ, and now Commissioner Little has been promoted to a Federal Job by the Trump Administration, and Forese is now running for AZ Treasurer both claim to be conservatives.
Voters must be informed not just influenced by Celebrities, Politicians, Political Groups, Organizations, PACS etc. check the Real Records of those running. Lets recall here in AZ the last few yrs. we’ve had AZ Legislators Vote to take authority away form AZ Supt. of Public Instruction with amending HB 2184 & then doing the same with SB 1469, along with passing PROP 123 to take monies from the Ed Trust Fund, and many AZ legislators supported the Popular Vote and so much more, would you endorse or Vote for these so call Conservatives, as I didn’t & won’t.
We must remember the Freedoms many have Fought and Died to give us shouldn’t be handed over to others as a result of a Popularity contest but the True Character of the Person asking for our Votes this is a Sacred Trust we all have, and Our Children’s Futures Depend on US doing Our Homework as well, not following the advice of Endorsers who don’t know the Candidates.
God Bless You All; Clair VAN Steenwyk
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