By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
Turns out that pushing legislation that racks up a body count isn't considered good PR by many of ALEC's corporate supporters...
Late last week, Russell Smoldon, lobbyist for SRP and one of ALEC's lead fixers in AZ and Debbie Lesko, AZ state representative AZ chair for ALEC, organized an emergency meeting of roughly 140 Arizona lobbyists to try to coordinate a response to the nationwide outcry over the ALEC-written and pushed Kill At Will "Stand Your Ground" law used to rationalize the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, a law that is on the books in many states, including Arizona.
The email invite was pretty bland (courtesy a friend of the blog) -
Subject: meeting regarding ALEC
The problem? According to sources, nowhere near all of the lobbyists asked to attend showed up, but a news crew from Channel 5 and Stephen Lemons, a reporter from the Phoenix New Times, did show up. Apparently, Lesko got wind of the media attention before arriving, so she skipped the meeting. The unlucky ones who didn't get the heads-up were left to try to duck the spotlight.
The Arizona Capitol Times had some coverage of the meeting in Friday's Yellow Sheet Report (pricey subscription required). From that report -