Political notebook: Votes don't go Vogt's way

Freshman legislator concedes as Mach's lead grows in count
2012-11-18T00:00:00Z Political notebook: Votes don't go Vogt's wayTim Steller and Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

State Rep. Ted Vogt didn't want to back down in his bid to be re-elected to the Legislature, despite the mounting evidence - in the form of votes - against him.

But he finally conceded Saturday to his challenger, Democrat Stefanie Mach.

The one-term Republican lawmaker said Thursday the margin of more than 2,000 votes in favor of Mach was still insufficient considering the thousands of provisional ballots left to count in Pima County. But when the first 11,000 provisional ballots were counted on Friday, that margin expanded to more than 2,600.

Even before Vogt conceded, Mach got started on her work as a freshman member of the state House. On Nov. 8 she traveled to Phoenix and voted in the Democratic Party's election of House leaders. Vogt didn't do the same on the Republican side.

"That's something reserved for the representatives-elect," he said.

LD 10 covers most of the east side of Tucson metro area and includes a strip of midtown, bounded on the west by Campbell Avenue.

Vogt previously was in a more Republican-leaning district. But redistricting changed the boundaries, leaving him and Republican state Sen. Frank Antenori with uphill struggles in a districts with a Democratic edge in voter registration.

Twinkie conspiracy

Unsuccessful Republican Arizona Senate candidate Tyler Mott took to Facebook to declare President Obama is to blame for the impending absence of Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Twinkies from grocery shelves.

While Mott suggests an unholy alliance between Obama and the striking fruit pie and cupcake bakers is to blame for toppling the House of Hostess, if the White House is involved at all, it's just as likely to be holy matrimony at work.

First lady Michelle Obama has a reputation for protecting the president's health by making sure he eats right, and the list of sugary midnight snacks just got a whole lot shorter.

Look out, Little Debbie, you could be next.

PARTING GIFTS

With Ann Day retiring at the end of the year after 22 years of public service, the Board of Supervisors presented her with a glass sculpture, a signed copy of a Pima County history book and a standing ovation. "I've enjoyed every minute of it," Day told the board.

While the other supervisors offered thanks and congratulations, Elías said the gifts should have included "a lifetime lunch pass at Rigo's," the popular Democratic politicians' hangout.

Republican Day said she's always wanted one of the glass awards created by local artist Tom Philabaum. No word on what she thinks of the tacos idea.

TREO "HANGOVER"

Supervisor Ray Carroll turned himself in to the civility police over an impolitic reference at Tuesday's board meeting.

Carroll was describing the need for ongoing accountability for taxpayers' money given to TREO, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc.

"This is not just some hangover - pardon the pun - from some of their junkets," he said, alluding to a TREO trip to San Diego earlier this year at which a certain city councilman famously drank too much and misbehaved.

Supervisor Richard Elías called Carroll out, saying "you made a bad joke about somebody's personal problems and drinking."

Carroll promptly apologized.

But some county higher-ups must have had the same thought.

The county's new TREO contract states "No funds paid to TREO by the County may be used for travel outside the State of Arizona by any person or for entertainment expenses."

On StarNet:Go to azstarnet.com/news/local/ govt-and-politics to read more about local and state government and political news.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.

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