Recently we wondered out loud (you know what we mean) about the motives of the conservative Goldwater Institute in it's obvious mean-spirited bid to sink the city of Glendale's attempts to keep the Phoenix Coyotes from moving back to Canada from which they wisely fled in 1996.â†µ
We wondered how a group claiming to represent tax payers explains its stalling tactics and legal threats that stand to cost the tax payers of Glendale $510 million in lost revenue if the team leaves town.â†µ
It seems there's a potential connection here that we didn't explore but ESPN.com's Scott Burnside explained in great detail today.â†µ
Questionable motives in Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga - ESPNâ†µ
Politics? Personal profile? How about the tight connection between Goldwater Institute board members and the Arizona Diamondbacks? Does it somehow help the Diamondbacks in a hardscrabble economy if the Coyotes leave town?
The tie that Burnside is talking about it is Randy Kendrick, wife of Diamondback owner Ken Kendrick, who sits on the board of the Goldwater Institute Of Hockey-Hating Hypocrites.â†µ
The Diamondbacks, for their part, deny any involvement despite the appearance of a Kendrick connection.â†µ
Randy Kendrick: No involvement Goldwater Coyotes decision | Phoenix Business Journalâ†µ
"I would never use my position on the board to benefit my husband’s business." Kendrick said, adding she turned down an offer to meet with Hulsizer.
Perhaps the inexplicable position of the Goldwater Institute has no relationship to the relationship between Ken Kendrick and his wife Randy, the GWI board member.â†µ
Maybe they just love Canada more than they love America.