An accident involving a county government leader made some news earlier this month in Arizona.
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox’s red C5 Corvette convertible (with light oak top) is smiling a little sideways these days – with the front bumper knocked loose and hanging on by only one side and the passenger’s side of the hood pointing toward the sky now.
Phoenix New Times blog is reporting that a local activist named Lydia Guzman posted the photos of Wilcox’s accident on Facebook. Guzman blamed the wreck on another motorist running a red light but said that Wilcox was not injured in the wreck.
It’s not the first time and probably won’t be the last time Wilcox is in the news. The New Times reports that in 2012 she received a $975,000 settlement after being determined to be a victim of the discredited criminal investigations by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Some accused her of “doing so well financially courtesy of us taxpayers she recently bought a SECOND late model Corvette.”
These allegations obviously come from someone who doesn’t know the value of a C5 Corvette, which is actually cheaper these days than a lot of ordinary new “economy” cars. We don’t know what kind of second Corvette she has, but unless it’s a real late model, she didn’t necessarily spend big bucks for her toys.
Wilcox also came under attack another time after Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sean Pearce, son of now-ousted Senate President Russell Pearce, told his superior that he witnessed Wilcox asking a county mechanic to check the air in one of her Corvette’s tires. That became a “review” of an “incident” involving an “alleged improper use of public resources.” She was cleared of the charges, and we wonder just how much taxpayer money was wasted investigating this alleged “crime.”
And people wonder why good folks are reluctant to run for political office!
If owning two Corvettes is a reason to be criticized by voters, then there are a lot of people out there who might not want to toss their hats in the ring next election season.
By the way, if you think Sheriff Arpaio sounds familiar, no wonder. He’s the sheriff who has been featured in the media thousands of times in regard to his treatment of prisoners, including the institution of a Tent City next to the jail to house some inmates, who have complained about the extremely high temperatures inside. “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths,” Arpaio told them.