David Coward: Trumpish behavior comes to Gold Canyon

On election day we were treated, in our community, to the most egregious behavior by a leader of one of the local Republican Party clubs. Yes there is more then one club. It seems not only can they not get along and play well with others but not even of their own party.

Pam Burks, leader of one of the clubs, made a scene on election day by not allowing a pregnant volunteer for Kaye Dickson, who is running for Pinal County sheriff, to sit for a bit on a chair in the designated area for political operatives. There’s your family values for you. Not content with only that action, but Ms. Burks did not allow any of the opposition signs to be placed where other candidate signs where placed – saying that area was reserved for Republican signs.

I hate to break it to Ms. Burks but there is such a thing as common decency and free speech in our country. It does not belong to only one political party. What she did was not only rude and thoughtless but also against the values and principles of our democracy and certainly would not be accepted within the Democratic Party. If this type of behavior is representative of the Republican Party and its values then it’s no wonder they have Donald Trump as their leader.

David Coward
Chair
Pinal County Democratic Party

Editor’s note: Thank you for the letter. Ms. Burks was provided with a copy and given an opportunity to reply. She said: “I have decided that I do not want to respond.  Mr. Coward was not present and is responding to hearsay information. It’s more important to allow this situation to pass and to move on to more important issues. I will let my reputation with Gold Canyon stand.  I have volunteered countless hours to numerous organizations and causes to help the Gold Canyon community and have asked for nothing in return.”

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