Let us all learn about … Vernon Parker. Wait, who???
Vernon B. Parker (born November 16, 1959) is an American and politician. He is a member of the Republican Party. Parker served as the Mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona from 2008 to 2010 and as a Paradise Valley council member. Parker was the Republican nominee in Arizona’s 9th congressional district for the 2012 election, although he did not live in the district at the time.
Bit odd. Like a black carpet bagger.
In 2003, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights in the George W. Bush Administration and served in that position for more than 3 years, commuting between his home in Arizona and Washington D.C.
That’s a lot of plane flights. All to oversee … plants.
He was elected to the Paradise Valley City Council in 2008 with 67% of the vote and chosen by the council to serve as mayor. He is the first African-American Mayor of Paradise Valley, a mostly white city.
ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE BLACK MAN!!!
In 2014, Parker ran for the Republican nomination for the Arizona Corporation Commission on a ticket with former state legislator Lucy Mason. As of July 18, 2014, over $400,000 of dark money was spent attempting to defeat Parker and Mason. The anonymous funds were widely speculated in the media to have been provided by Arizona Public Service, the state’s leading electricity company, in response to the candidates’ open support of the rooftop solar industry. Parker’s campaign website also posted an APS company memo, signed by its parent company’s CEO Donald Brandt, encouraging its employees to vote against them in the primary election. Parker was publicly endorsed by rooftop solar advocacy group Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TUSK).
I don’t know what all this means. I’m pretty sure no one cares though.