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Smith: Don't be fleeced by opponents' border promises

Jul 16, 2014

Arizona Republic

Smith: Don't be fleeced by opponents' border promises

Isn't Mesa Mayor Scott Smith the politician who violated both the Arizona and US Constitution by giving millions of Mesa tax dollars in corporate welfare to get 3 Christians colleges to move to Mesa, Arizona.

Now Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is saying the "other guys" can't be trusted.

Smith: Don't be fleeced by opponents' border promises

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Republic | 3:32 p.m. MST July 15, 2014

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith launched a video on a new website today, telling voters to not be fleeced by the border security proposals from state Treasurer Doug Ducey and former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones. The video highlights what Smith's campaign portrays as is a whole lot of bleating by his opponents on an issue that is largely under the domain of the federal government.

Recent polling of primary voters concluded illegal immigration is the No. 1 issue for GOP primary voters, propelled by the recent surge of migrants from Central America. Recently, gubernatorial candidates have been jostling for an advantage as they discuss the crisis and Washington's failure to secure the border.

Smith has grown frustrated by candidates' promises, saying he doubts they can deliver. On the campaign trail, Smith has, at times, appeared reluctant to take a hard-line position but has said he will advocate to fix the broken immigration system and work to commit "the necessary resources" to secure the border. As governor, he pledges to work with the Legislature and law enforcement to fight crime and illegal immigration.

The website, ,a href="">, uses sheep to illustrate Smith's point about his opponents.

It begins with a black screen with white type: "Some candidates think you'll believe anything."

Enter video of Ducey, promising, "I'll fight back with every resource at my command. Fencing, satellites, guardsmen."

The ad in type, "Satellites? Really? And the governor controls how many satellites?"

The bleating begins with a flock of sheep heading towards a camera.

"I'll deploy 1,200 troops to the border and send Obama the bill," a snippet of a Jones video says.

More bleating.

"Napolitano's failed plan from eight years ago ... Check's still in the mail," the type says.

It ends, "Arizona voter's aren't sheep ... Don't get fleeced."

The website links to Smith's "real ideas" to fix Arizona's border crisis.