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Kozachik: Why I'm switching registration to Democrats

In the past two years I have made an effort to resist the Republican lurch to the right. The Arizona Republican Party is an ideological outlier. I am not. I will therefore be changing my party registration to Democrat.... Read more»

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Jan 11, 2013, 5:09 pm
-1 +2

It makes sense.  He’s my favorite council member and has always seemed and acted more like a Democrat would.

Jan 11, 2013, 5:46 pm
-1 +4

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Kozachik. He is the only council member that consistently make sense. I wish he would change his party affiliation to Independent as that is what he actually is, not having obligations to either major party.

Jan 11, 2013, 6:50 pm
-2 +2

Let’s hope that the Dems remember these feelings when our representative in Congress, Ron Barber, represents the many Republicans in his district as well as he represents the Dems, across party lines.
Both are rational centrists trying t do good work and fulfill their obligations to people, not parties.
I think that both should start a third party of effective centrists. (Shadrio, an ‘independent’ is a voter. Independent candidates are those without a machine to get elected, and therefore, tend not to get elected.)
In any case, the only bad thing about his changing teams is that I no longer have a Republican that I can point at as an example of what the party used to be like.

Jan 12, 2013, 9:34 am
-0 +1

Anyone who regularly reads my posts knows my feelings about political parties. They’re gangs in government, and they ALL need to be abolished.

That said, Kozachik saying he is a centrist is a lie, and it is an insult to all true centrists like myself. Kozachik is a hard-core liberal, has been for many years now. Were he really a centrist, he would have re-registered independent as so many in our state have done in recent years.

My guess is this is a stunt to win reelection. The last election showed, more than other elections in my opinion, just how blinded by the “D” label this electorate is. Look at the last Sheriff’s race…I can not recall any race in history at any layer of government where a candidate so good and so deserving lost to a candidate that was so bad and so undeserving. But, the “D” again…I think this is Kozachik being scared of losing his job.

Jan 12, 2013, 12:21 pm
-1 +1

Calling Kozachic a “hard core Liberal” is ludicrous.  You may be the “center” of your own world, but he is actually pretty close to the center of Tucson’s political spectrum, whether you like it or not.  We are not and never will be Queen Creek.

Jan 12, 2013, 2:32 pm
-0 +0

No centrist would have thought that a silly gun buyback would have accomplished anything whatsoever other than wasting resources and embarrassing our community.

No centrist would have ever been a cheerleader for the choo choo train while hundreds (if not thousands) of potholes go ignored.

No centrist would have taken the “just move on” approach to Rio Nuevo, nor suggested that the transgressors of that waste/mismanagement/thievery go without consequences.

No centrist would have ever done…whatever the hell that thing was at the Loft last Monday, scheduled at the same time time as the BCS championship. I wasn’t there, but I read the stories…didn’t see a lot of bipartisanship there.

Should I go on?

And, what in the world has Queen Creek have to do with any of this? I visit Queen Creek twice a year. They seem to be managing their growth responsibly, they don’t have potholes, and no one there is talking about a choo choo train or stealing $230M of tax payer dollars under a Rio Nuevo type scam. So, you’re right…unfortunately for Tucson, it is not and never will be a Queen Creek.

Jan 12, 2013, 2:43 pm
-0 +0

sounds like someone ought to move to Queen Creek where Russell Pearce is a centrist.

Jan 12, 2013, 2:52 pm
-0 +0

I and a sizeable chunk of the Tucson electorate are politically to the left of Kusachik.  You and another, smaller chunk are to his right.  That makes him a centrist.  Comprende?

Jan 12, 2013, 3:32 pm
-0 +0

@Dave Moyer

Who is Kusachik?

And, by using your logic, 75 is halfway between 0-100.

OK then…

Jan 12, 2013, 3:49 pm
-1 +2

mmm, thanks for the spelling correction.  My point is that “centrist” doesn’t mean “someone who agrees with me”, unless you are extraordinarily narcissistic.  Queen Creek is calling you.

Jan 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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@Dave Moyer

What the hell is it with you and Queen Creek? Since you’re obsessed with that, I just searched the text of the article. I did not find the words “Queen” or “Creek”. Additionally, this is the Tucson Sentinel. Kozachik, for better or for worse (mostly worse), is a member of the Tucson City Council.

I don’t know if you need a map or reading lessons or some other sort of professional help, but something with you is very wrong and you need to look into it.

Jan 15, 2013, 1:54 pm
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Kozachic, sounds like the most sane Repugnant Party, or, I should say, former member of the American version of Nazism. He took a very pro-active stance on the gun buy-out, which I respect him for. We are in a time of history where showing really, who you are matters The time for extremism is not the direction our state and nation need to navigate through, we have much more pressing problems…the Repugnant Party have destroyed the economy…Rest Areas, on state highways closed, AZ Parks the same… And look at our roads, we look very much like Mexico, where nothing for the public good is ever achieved or, accomplished. Cheers to Kozachic! Micky Smythe.

Jan 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
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You know folks, if you want to know how to correctly spell the guy’s name, just scroll up a little bit. Or, look in your address bar. It is right in front of you. How in the world you guys keep misspelling the name right in front of your face is far beyond my comprehension.

And, Mickey Smythe, blaming the condition of Tucson’s streets on the Republicans? Really? I’ll let you think about that one for a while…

Jan 17, 2013, 10:44 am
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I apologize to Mr. Kosachik, and to Mr. Linden, for misspelling Mr.Kosachik’s name. Mr. Linden, I stick to all I wrote about the Anti-Government Party. If someone wants to correct me on a misspelling, with all our problems, you realize how paranoid they must be, ya’ know, then, everything’s gonna’ be cool in the empire. All the Repugnants, and their fellow-extremist, do, is illustrate their fragility. Micky Smythe.

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