The age of political correctness has surely run amok with the attempted petitioning to recall Council Member Mike Zinkin. A PAC Called the Oro Valley Citizens for Ethical Government, a Political Action Committee has based their recall of Councilman Mike Zinkin on political correctness foolishness and on heresy.
The Hearsay Rule, as outlined in the Federal Rules of Evidence, prohibits statements made outside a courtroom from being used as evidence in court. Out-of-court statements hinder the ability of the judge or jury to probe testimony for inaccuracies caused by ambiguity, insincerity, faulty perception, or erroneous memory. Thus, statements made out of court are perceived as untrustworthy.
If someone is allegedly offended, shouldn't they be the ones to complain? Should there be any less of a standard when it comes to judging allegations against an elected official?
I think not.
However, in the age of political correctness anything goes!
There is a file of absurd “complaints” at Town Hall on Councilman Mike Zinkin. It is this file that the PAC received. Let me offer two examples of the so-called “factual” information provided:
Allegation of Racism
In a January 20, 2013 letter to Town Attorney Tobin Sidles, Mayor Hiremath alleges that Mike Zinkin is a racist. The Mayor offers no proof. It is simply a statement of what he thinks:
" ...I believe that council Zinkin has an issue with race, including me. As of this date, I am the only East Indian Mayor in the country and I feel that I'm being racially discriminated against with the letters being submitted to the AG's office in addition to the above examples. I would like this duly noted."
The letters to which the mayor refers to is the letter Zinkin sent to the Attorney General (AG) alleging violations of the open meeting law by Mayor Hiremath." The mayor wrote his “factual” letter alleging racism a week after he had confronted Zinkin regarding the violation that Zinkin had filed with the AG.
In this age of political correctness it seems like you play the "race card" whenever you feel like it.
Allegation of Sexual Harassment
On October 11/6/2012, Police Chief Danny Sharp wrote a letter to his own file, discussing a situation in which Council Member Zinkin had apparently paid a complement to a female Oro Valley employee.
“While attending a Strategic Planning Update Session at (location redacted/blacked out), (female officer name redacted/ blacked out) approached me and expressed concern about a comment made to her by council member Mike Zinkin. She approached Council member Zinkin during a break to introduce herself. Council member Zinkin made a statement that she was much better to look at than (male officer name redacted/blacked out). She informed me that she was shocked by the comment and at a loss on how to reply. I informed that I would discuss this with her at more appropriate time and location”.
The memo further states that the alleged complaintant did not wish to file a formal complaint.
In this age of political correctness it seems like you can consider any statement as insensitive; even a comment that was clearly intended to be a complement.
Oro Valley Resident