Mayor Phil Gordon's Business Deal With Protester-Killing Bahrain was Seriously Bad Timing

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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and girlfriend Elissa Mullany, who was hired to set up the ill-timed economic deal with Bahrain.

Dealing with the ruling royalty in far-flung parts of the globe could have possible benefits for Arizona, but these non-democracies can be brutal, as Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is finding out this week.


Gordon inked a five-year deal with Bahraini government officials on Monday aimed at developing stronger economic ties.


The same Bahraini government, led by the King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa and his royal family, is shooting scores of protesters who want a constitutional monarchy that treats Shia muslims better.
At least six people have died and 66 are injured, according to the latest report by Al-Jazeera. People are being shot and beaten with rifle butts, says the report.
On Tuesday, Gordon was still sending upbeat messages on his Twitter account about his Monday meeting:

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Al-Jazeera reports that government forces shot at and beat peaceful protesters this week, including doctors and nurses who were helping the wounded.

Great 2 days connecting the Bahrain delegation with dozens of AZ businesses. We need to build relationships to attract capital and jobs.
6:05 PM Feb 15th via Twitter for iPhone

That changed two days later:

Images from Bahrain are riveting. I'm getting questions about our economic development MOU, but my thoughts are about people not dollars. 11:46 AM Feb 17th via Twitter for iPhone

We assume the questions to which he refers were coming from the Arizona Republic's Emily Gersema, who wrote an article published today about the mayor's blunder.

On top of everything, Gordon's taking heat because his girlfriend was paid $8,000 to set up the meeting with the Bahrain folks.

Gordon's main focus today: TGIF.



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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

What rules? They make the rules as they go along. That was nice fake sentiment from fro the mayor wasn't it? "Sorry about all that killing going on over there, but business is business so let's move on". They don't even try to hide the corruption anymore. He's so balls less he pays his girlfriend for something the city pays its employees to do...work for the city. Of course she's an expert with mucho experience in matters such as this. Let's see how many jobs are created from this under handed deal with arabic kings. I say zero jobs but a lot of cash for the king's buddy.

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Earthdayaz
Earthdayaz

Is it wrong for a citizen to expect their elected officials to play by the rules?

XSoldier
XSoldier

Typical bullshit emanating from Phoenix City Hall, as usual.

Mayor Phil and Elissa Mullany must be deep in the pocket of the MCSO shurf to pull off a stunt as stupid as this. They knew that the Bahrainis were fighting and went ahead and inked a deal with them, and, on top of all this, Mayor Phil has a suspected conflict of interest with Mullany....

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