Diary

Pamela Gorman's Real Legacy: Blocking Historic Tax Reform

From the looks of her recent comments captured by blogger and RedState contributor, Tabita Hale, Arizona congressional District 3 candidate and former state Sen. Pamela Gorman is suffering from amnesia.  There were witnesses during the Iran-Contra hearings with a better memory than Gorman.

 

Gorman would have voters believe that she was the Arizona Legislature’s paragon of conservative virtue, holding the tax and spend liberal wolves at bay even it meant defying the Republican governor and sacrificing her position in Senate leadership.

 

Gorman might wish that were the case, anyway.  It’s not.

 

What Gorman did was walk off the playing field when her fellow GOP caucus members and the state needed her most.

 

The budget package that Gorman deep-sixed last year, which the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported, contained sweeping tax reforms that would have made Arizona much more jobs-friendly in exchange for a ballot referral on a possible sales tax hike.  Bob Robb, the respected conservative opinion columnist for The Arizona Republic, called the tax cuts, “real, important and valuable,”  and the budget deal a “no-brainer.” The state’s most vocal fiscal conservative advocacy group, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, also endorsed the package.

 

Comparing Arizona’s budget troubles to those of California and New York, The Wall Street Journal, in a piece entitled, “Arizona’s Budget Breakthrough,” wrote on its editorial page, “We hope legislators don’t blow it, because the U.S. desperately needs an alternative to the tax, spend and tax again philosophy of Sacramento and Albany.”

 

Well, Gorman blew it.

 

What did we get for Pouting Pam’s tantrum?  A voter-approved sales tax hike without the tax cuts that Gov. Brewer and legislative Republicans had crafted.  A year later, Arizonans are paying more at the cash register, unemployment is stuck around 10% and taxpayers aren’t getting any relief on April 15.

 

Gorman wonders why Arizonans chose to vent their anger towards her.  Simple.  She was in leadership.  She was in a position to help bring her caucus together and craft solutions for Arizona, not to carry out her own ideological agenda.  Instead of leading, Gorman took her ball and went home.

 

Now Gorman wants to take her act on the road to Congress.  But her fundraising numbers are abysmal and she’s polling in the single digits, far behind the other candidates.  For someone who attempted to use her legislative seat to make a name for herself to gain higher office, she’s been a flop.

 

Arizona hasn’t missed Gorman in the Legislature.  We won’t be getting reacquainted with her in Congress.