Irish eyes were not smiling in the Arizona Senate on St Patrick’s Day after Senate President Andy Biggs invited Sen. Don Shooter to read a proclamation in support of the Scottish into the record. Attendees were aghast as they watched Shooter reading the proclamation in praise of the UK oppressors while towering over Monsignor Richard O’Keefe in his wheelchair.
Shooter, known as an affable character, read the proclamation immediately after the Monsignor delivered a kindly Irish Catholic blessing on the Senate. Attendees were aghast watching the clownish Shooter deliver his comments in what appeared to an orange plaid tam.
Observers noted that the members of the Caledonia Society must have been mortified as they watched their Irish friends and Monsignor O’Keefe sit stoically during the debacle.
The befuddled Biggs arranged for Shooter to read Governor Doug Ducey’s April 6 Tartan Day proclamation on the Irish’s special day. The day was even more special as 2016 is the Centennial of Irish Independence.
The Caledonian Society of Arizona is planning a proper celebration on April 6 on the State Capital lawn at noon. “We envision Highland Dancers, Pipe Bands, Athletes, and Scots from all walks of life wearing their tartan to raise the Scottish community’s awareness across the State,” reads the group’s website.
The Caledonian Society of Arizona is also hosting the 52nd Annual Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games on March 19 and 20 at the Steele Indian School Park located at 300 E Indian School Road in Phoenix. Biggs is hoping to have volunteers collect signatures for his congressional candidacy petitions.
“Biggs is nothing but a cute hoor,” said one Irish American. “Those of us who are as Irish as Paddy’s pig wouldn’t lift a finger for Biggs after this. Well, maybe one feckin finger.”