Because Parker's campaign is opaque (the opposite of transparent), I am unable to verify my hunch, but it looks like the former mayor of Paradise Valley has received coaching from disgraced former Arizona governor Fife Symington. Direct, personal, intense coaching. The only direct connection, with as little time to dig into the situation as I have, I've found is that Parker and Symington are Facebook friends.
Here's what Symington advertises that he can do for conservative candidates:
Two days of four-hour sessions, one on one training, in theater, live on camera. Fife will immerse you in a realistic environment more challenging than you have ever experienced.
He will focus on providing you with the best answers to the worst questions. At the end of the sessions there is literally no question that you cannot answer effectively even when faced by the most difficult negative media interviews.
Fife specializes in moderate to conservative political messaging, media training, and media positioning. He prepares you to defend yourself, your beliefs and your company in the give and take realm in the American business and political arena. We pride ourselves in giving our clients the ability to handle any type of media question successfully and to develop effective offensive strategies. (emphasis mine)
You may recall that Symington first won the election to become governor of Arizona in 1991. A great deal of his electoral success depended on hiding the fact that his business acumen (and success) was largely an illusion. An illusion that he fought long and hard to maintain. In front of cameras, Symington has been the picture of composure. Since he always plays his cards close to the vest, he was often reluctant to candidly, directly answer questions.
Notice, in the video (above), Channel 12 political reporter Brahm Resnik points out the contradiction when Parker claims not to know that his campaign has turned down that station's invitation to debate Sinema.
This squares with what Republican US Senate candidate Jeff Flake has been doing (trying to duck debates, but has since reportedly agreed to three such forums with Democrat Richard Carmona) and with Republican Presidential nominee Willard Romney's very aggressive strategy of lying boldly and repeatedly anytime a camera or microphone is aimed in his direction.
It should be no mystery to any observer that Republicans in the current political cycle have aggressively responded -- with accusatory tone and language -- to any and all difficult questions from broadcast and print journalists.
Locally, the most obvious perpetrator of this strategy is current Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Andy Tobin. Anytime anyone publishes anything Tobin finds the least bit uncomfortable, he accuses them of lying. His September 22 exchange (on Twitter) with Capitol Media Services own Howie Fischer is informative. Tobin:
So now media is the worlds watch dogs. What would we do without all that false reporting and news creation. (incorrect punctuation in the original)Fischer:
And the public should just trust what politicians try to spoon feed them? Arizona is better off because of media watchdogs.To sum it all up, Vernon Parker is -- undoubtedly -- executing a widely accepted Republican strategy to obfuscate and prevaricate in hopes that he can fool enough swing voters into believing the nonsense that right wing pols have been feeding the public for more than forty years.
You and I have been rendered subservient to the corporate plutocracy in America by way of euphemism* and misdirection.
*Some euphemisms intend to amuse, while others intend to give positive appearances to negative events or even mislead entirely.
Is this the kind of thing Vernon learns from people like Fife Symington?
Flip flop, flip flop.