Chambers, business organizations stand with John McComish

As leaders of chambers of commerce and leading business organizations in Arizona we find it outrageous that to date over $300,000 of union and other outside money has been injected into the state Senate contest between Sen. John McComish and his opponent to attack the character of the sitting senator. The attacks present an entirely misleading portrait of one of the most thoughtful, independent members of our state Legislature. 

Saying John McComish is extreme is totally false and without any backing.

It is accurate to say, however, that John McComish is almost a sure “yes” vote for any sort of job-creation legislation. He supported the landmark economic competitiveness bills of 2011 and 2012 that have resulted in Arizona catapulting to the top ten ranking for Chief Executive Magazine and number 1 in terms of entrepreneurial activity according to the Kaufmann Foundation. Just as important, after Arizona sustained historic job losses in the Great Recession, we have now added tens of thousands of those jobs back.

He also has been a great friend to education. He voted for the ballot referral to pump additional money into education when our economy cratered. Sen. McComish also succeeded in getting $40 million inserted into this year’s budget to help boost the reading ability of Arizona 3rd-graders as part of the state’s Move on When Reading program.

His independent streak was on full display when he courageously voted against five wrongheaded immigration bills brought to the Senate floor by leadership that would have caused great harm to Arizona’s economy and reputation.

The editors of the Southeast Valley section of The Arizona Republic titled its headline in endorsing John McComish, “Independent McComish deserves re-election for D-18 Senate.” The paper endorsement read, “John McComish is a rare breed in the state Senate. He’s an independent voice, unafraid to go against influential members of his Republican caucus. That’s why it’s so important to keep him in the District 18 Senate seat.”

There could be no worse target of attacks than John McComish. It is important for the public to know that this is simply a smear campaign without merit.

We urge you to vote to return John McComish to the state Senate so that he can continue his great work on behalf of Arizona.

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Leadership
North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
Ajo Chamber of Commerce