10/23/2011 6:00:00 AM
Put Sockwell out to pasture

Cowboy Butch

Butch Meriwether

Local Columnist

The amount of rhetoric and misinformation being disseminated by Mohave County Supervisor Tom Sockwell is an embarrassment to Mohave County.

It seems that every time Sockwell speaks, especially to the media, he either stretches the truth and/or flip-flops on what actually occurred.

Is Sockwell so arrogant to believe everything he says will be "taken to the bank" by Mohave County residents? I'm beginning to believe he feels he is the best thing for Mohave County since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were invented.

We all should ask Sockwell why he will do anything or say anything, even if it isn't true, in an attempt to get someone's vote for re-election.

Sockwell has condescendingly spoken down to his constituents in the past by referring to them derogatorily as "you people," and has displayed a total disdain for some people residing in Golden Valley. Sockwell wrote in a letter to the editor in January 2010, saying, "We the people should be able to carry out the public's business without running a gauntlet of soapbox activists like Zanna, Langston (Luca Zanna's wife Bridget) or Hanoi Jane." It is a sad day when an elected official compares local citizens to the communist sympathizer and traitor Jane Fonda.

As a matter of fact, Sockwell was one of the driving forces when the Mohave County Board Of Supervisors first hired County Manager Ron Walker. Walker caused an extensive amount of embarrassment to the county when he compared Zanna to Timothy McVeigh, the monster who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people including young children.

Sockwell recently stated in The Mohave Daily News that the upgraded security system in the county's administration building in Kingman was put in place due to the Harrah's shooting in 2002. That shooting incident between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle clubs occurred more than eight years ago. Is Sockwell trying to say the county finally got around to upgrading the security in 2010 because of this incident?

I honestly can't see the Hells Angels or Mongols storming the Mohave County Administration Building for a shootout. This justification for the excessive and expensive security procedures instituted in the Mohave County's Administration Building in Kingman is another lie perpetrated by Sockwell. He knows the upgraded security was because of a letter Walker received that allegedly threatened Walker's life and another message verbally received by the county over the phone.

Another example of Sockwell attempting to provide misinformation to the general public was when he made incorrect statements at a BOS meeting on Sept. 12. He told the residents in attendance that, "No supervisor had anything to do with changing the proposed redistricting map, and the company that was hired did the research and submitted it to us for approval."

I guess Supervisor Sockwell quickly forgot that during the same BOS meeting, Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert made a presentation and told everyone that he had gone into Supervisor Gary Watson's office, and they together moved some of the proposed boundaries of the redistricting map. Sockwell agreed that the two maps suggested by Don Van Brunt and Steven Robinson did appear to meet all of the DOJ requirements for the five-district redistricting map, but he indicated there was no guarantee that they would be approved by the Department Of Justice.

"Who would fight for those maps if they didn't pass muster with the DOJ? If the Board went with the consultant's map, then the consultants would at least be able to show the DOJ how the map fit their requirements," Sockwell informed the residents in attendance. However, Sockwell didn't let it be known that the county could have sent all three proposed redistricting maps to DOJ for approval. Is this just another Sockwell gerrymandering ploy?

Apparently, Sockwell still cannot find his way into reality. He was one of the supervisors who approved spending $4,000 on a picnic for county employees at a time when people are out of work, losing their homes, and the entire country is in a bigger mess than the Great Depression.

In a recent newspaper article, Sockwell appears to want everyone to believe he is just one of the good old home-grown boys with his roots firmly planted in Mohave County. The Mohave Daily News article indicated that Sockwell is a native of Bullhead City. Well folks, that is incorrect because Sockwell is actually from Snyder, Okla.

I believe Sockwell hasn't been good for the county in the past, and we all know he will not be good for the county in the future.

It is time for an infusion of new blood in Mohave County. The county should be proactive, not reactive. What we need are individuals who have innovative ideas and an agenda in place for all constituents that Dr. Spock of "Star Trek" fame would say, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one.'

Maybe the citizens of Snyder will accept Sockwell's rhetoric and lies, but we in Mohave County have been beaten down so much in the past, it is time for us to rise up and make a difference on Election Day 2012.

Do we really need a supervisor who honestly doesn't care about all of his constituents? It is time for Supervisor Tom Sockwell to put himself out to pasture, retire and enjoy the golden years before they pass him by.

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