From last month came some sad news: celebrated Arizona historian Jack August Jr. passed away on January 20. August had been working on a biography of former Governor Symington that was apparently nearly two-thirds complete.
From the Arizona Republic article:
He also “pursued” Republican former Gov. Fife Symington for six or seven years in the hope of writing his life story, says Symington, who adds that he initially was not interested in the project.
Then he met Jack.
“I decided I really liked him,” said Symington. The two began working together about three years ago and became good friends.
And from the New Times article:
“He was into every aspect of my life,” Symington explains. “He’s such a unique person. It would be very, very difficult for anyone to kind of pick it up and keep going. I’m really going to miss him.”
But the good professor — whose death now is mourned by Arizona’s political elite, from Republican Secretary of State Michele Reagan to Phoenix’s Democratic Mayor Greg Stanton — was at heart a Phoenix boy, who never lost the common touch, and was as much at home with paupers as with princes.
Dan Nowicki wrote a recent article in the Arizona Republic about the re-election support Senator John McCain has received from three former Republican governors of Arizona, including Fife Symington. McCain faces a difficult and crowded Republican primary on August 30 and announced the support of the former governors today. In addition to ringing endorsements from former governors Hull and Brewer, Symington offered his own backing of McCain:
“History will record John McCain as America’s foremost defender of freedom in the early 21st Century,” Symington said. “His deep personal courage, his sharp intellect and his unwavering dedication to America have made him so. There is only one John McCain, and he must be returned to the Senate to continue his life’s work of service to the people of Arizona.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Arizona supporters of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign include former Gov. Fife Symington, as reported by Dan Nowicki in the Arizona Republic. Here’s an excerpt of a statement provided by the campaign to the paper:
“…since leaving office Jeb has been a successful private sector leader, creating jobs and opportunity. As we have painfully learned over the last 7 years, we need a president with a proven record of getting results beyond being a talking head on a television.”
Read the full article here.
EJ Montini wrote recently about Fife Symington’s KTAR 92.3 FM appearance in which he discussed his take on some of the investigations into Hillary Clinton. Here’s an excerpt:
I’m a Republican, and I don’t intend to vote for Hillary, but I’ll tell you one thing, this whole experience I’ve been through, people have no idea what it’s like to be threatened, to have your liberty threatened…to have the FBI and the Justice Department basically lay you out completely and do a life audit on you and what you did every minute of the day for 20 years of your life.
Read the rest of the article here.
The Arizona Republic recently invited Fife Symington to reflect on his time in office. Here are a few excerpts:
“One defining characteristic of the human mind is a conception of time. We alone among Earth’s creatures seem to have this. And, generally speaking, the more active the mind, the more clearly one sees how quickly the days and years pass.
Time, not money, is the hard, unprintable currency of the human economy. We cannot store it up for ourselves and our progeny. It can only be spent — spent in service of those we love, what we value, what we envision. It’s often said with airs of worldly sophistication that time is money.
It’s more true that both time and our sense of it are beautiful works of God.
Read more here.