I didn't write about Rusty Bowers in my book because I didn't know him well enough. Just occasionally rubbing shoulders and observing him from afar. But I developed a strong sense of who he is from my limited experience.
He reminds me of a local LDS bishop I got to know very well in Oracle - Glen Johnson. Glen was a straight-up guy who would run to fire if there was saving to be done. In fact, he did just that one morning on the way to the Aravaipa Campus of Central Arizona College, where Glen taught building trades. A vehicle had flipped over and looked about to explode, with two elderly occupants trapped in the front seat. He, with me tagging along, got them out.
Glen was bulwark solid - a deeply committed Mormon who acted on his faith commitments. Bowers, I think, the same. A straight shooter. The public can be assured that whatever he said came straight from his heart - God's honest truth. But pretty weird after all this that he would still back Trump v. Biden (if reportage is accurate).
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