"PHOENIX, AZ - October 4, 2010 - Last Friday
incumbent state mine inspector Joe Hart told
Arizona Daily Star reporter Tim Steller that
he is an “advocate for mining”.
Hart also told the Star that he saw no
conflict in being a cheerleader for the
proposed Rosemont mine while serving as mine
inspector and that he does not believe in
fining for safety infractions.
Hart has received thousands in contributions
from lobbyists and mining company executives
for his reelection campaign.
“It’s difficult to be objective to the job
when you have a close relationship with
mining executives, when they are
contributing to your campaign,” said Manuel
Cruz, candidate for Arizona State Mine
Inspector. “And it’s pretty clear that Mr.
Hart isn’t capable of it. Mining is an
extremely dangerous profession, as we know
from recent tragedies in West Virginia and
Chile. For the state mine inspector, the
safety of mine workers and the public comes
before anything else.”
“Joe Hart should seek employment as a
lobbyist for mining companies if he’s not
interested in being impartial in carrying
out the important duties of mine inspector.”