Saturday, May 31, 2014

AZ Illustrated Politics: Th-th-th-that's All, Folks!

Posted By on Sat, May 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Last night's AZ Illustrated Politics featured a one-on-one interview with Attorney General hopeful Mark Brnovich, who is challenging incumbent AG Tom Horne in August's GOP primary. Then I sat down with former lawmaker Jonathan Paton and Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod to look ahead at the key races in this year's election season.

I was delighted to have both McLeod and Paton on the show last night, as they were both with me when we launched the show back in September 2011, and so it was fitting that they could be there for the final show.

Yes, if you haven't heard, last night's show was the grand finale for the Friday night political jamboree I've been hosting for the last couple of years, as The Powers That Be at AZPM have decided to go in a different direction. It's been an honor and privilege to sit in the host's chair after many years as a panelist and I'm immensely grateful to former AZPM news director Peter Michaels for giving me the chance to run with the show.

I also want to thank director Jacobo Ramirez and his amazing production for making it so easy to do the show. Jacobo doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves for keeping everything running smoothly from the booth, but all I ever had to do was show up with my guests and Jacobo and his team took care of everything else. The group of camera operators, sound engineers, teleprompter controllers and the rest are an incredible bunch of talented young people and I'll miss working with them very much.

Thanks also to the many guests who agreed to spend some of their Friday afternoons talking politics. Without them, we would not have had much of a show. And I'm also grateful to all you viewers who invited me into your living rooms (or wherever) to hear about what's happening in politics. I've heard from many of you who are sad to hear the show is going away and it means a lot to me to know you were out there watching us.

Good night and good luck!

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