Scott Bundgaard Avoids Ouster From Leadership Role in Senate. Still Faces Likely Ethics Probe

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State Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard will remain the second-most powerful person in the Senate following a closed-door meeting with members of the Republican caucus this morning, at which GOP lawmakers discussed the senator's February domestic violence incident, and reportedly have decided to take no action to remove him from his leadership post.

See New Times' story on the Rumble Next to the Carpool Lane here.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats called for Bundgaard to resign from the Senate amidst allegations that he assaulted his ex-gal-pal, Aubry Ballard, during the February 25, lovers quarrel on the side of a Valley freeway.

Ballard, the great white hope of the Arizona highway system, left Bundgaard with a shiner, as he reportedly dragged her from his car.

Republicans, including Senators Rich Crandall and Ron Gould, also criticized Bundgaard's behavior, saying he should -- at the very least -- resign from his leadership position.

"Getting in a fistfight with your girlfriend on the side of the freeway is behavior unbecoming a senator," Gould told the Arizona Republic. "I won't be led by somebody who does those kinds of things."

Crandall echoed Gould's comments, telling Capitol Media Services "this has gone way beyond a personal issue between Scott Bundgaard and his girlfriend."

But Bundgaard's got a pretty powerful ally: Brown-bashing, neo-Nazi-hugging Senate President Russell Pearce, who has referred to Bundgaard as the "victim" of the spat with Ballard -- even though she's the one who spent the night in the hoosegow as Bundgaard claimed legislative immunity.

The Associated Press describes this morning's meeting as follows:

Early on, Bundgaard could be seen through a window, standing up and gesturing with outstretched arms as he addressed fellow senators. Other senators then took turns speaking, with Bundgaard responding at times.

We've got calls into Crandall, and other Senate Republicans to get their take on their (gulp) leader. Check back to Valley Fever for details and updates.
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HYPOMANIA
HYPOMANIA

he is still a clean cut short haired white yuppie nerd dork geek dweeb. and that's nothing to be proud of.

Coz
Coz

Amazing how Arizona leadership appreciates criminal acts , corruption and women beaters...This is one sick place lead by some of the sickest politicians possible.

Anon
Anon

While I'm not a fan of the Senator; he is innocent until proven guilty. I'm pretty sure everyone of you would not think its fair to be removed from your job based on the allegations of a woman with no bruises she was willing to show to the public and who beat you (ie black eye). Let the legal system carry it out and then tar the guy if you wish. But baseless allegations to him or you mean nothing. I'm pretty sure his clothes didn't fly out of the car by themselves, and his or your car driving off by itself would have you pulling whoever did that out of the car. As it is now, you have a crazy women alleging a bunch of things with zero physical evidence supporting her.

Jcj969
Jcj969

In employment matters, the presumption of guilt is a mere preponderance, not beyond a reasonable doubt. I work for a national law enforcement union, and people are routinely fired for mere accusations by the federal government.

Suckamc
Suckamc

Ill betcha ten-bucks this lame ass is having shots of whiskey and smoking weed with the Senate wannabee Chris Simcox.....both boys have much in common. Both like to overpower and beat their women and take advantage of people....all while surrounding themselves with the GOP elected!

Bundagard is gonna find himself in the same place Chris Simcox is now.....in a one bedroom apartement paid for by a woman, no income, empty whiskey and vodka bottles laid about daily, smoking weed and wishing for the good ol glory days of when they were in the public eyes! Ah yes........Chris Simcox and Bundegard.....together on that lonely deserted island of dispair.....they wouldnt have it any other way.

Rob
Rob

Well, at the very least, when his next election comes up his opponent can always flood the airwaves and make giant signs that say he's.. "Never had his ass kicked by a woman".

Coz
Coz

Or has never met a women he couldn't beat up.

XSoldier
XSoldier

When people like Bundgaard have mentally ill politicians like Senate President Russell Pearce backing them and claiming Bundgaard's a victim, then people like Bundgaard are going to remain in power...

However, that Ethics Committee will more than likely drop the inquiry rather than pursue it. Because we all know that the dim-witted Republinuts cover each other's asses. Just like the Flaccid Fool of MCSO...

I seriously would like to know what the fuck I pay these people (the Legislature) to do. They are SUPPOSED to represent me, the taxpayer, the voter. Instead they (the Legislature) represent their good buddies, the corporations, etc...

DareHim
DareHim

To Sherrif Joe....I dare you to go arrest Bundagard.

Ya right, ones scared and the other ones glad.

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