Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Recommends Gal Pal for City Aviation Board -- Then Pulls Recommendation

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Elissa Mullany and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has reportedly pulled today's City Council's agenda his recommendation to appoint his girlfriend, Elissa Mullany, to the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board.

Gordon wanted to appoint her to the aviation board to replace Art Hamilton, whose four-year term is expiring in December.

The recommendation -- as with all appointments to city boards and commissions -- would have had to make it past the rest of the Phoenix City Council.


Common sense prevailed and it was yanked from the agenda.

There was a collective head-shaking through City Hall when that item appeared on the council agenda. While it is widely rumored that the first couple of City Hall are broken up for good, there has been no official word from Gordon's office.

Gordon has come under intense scrutiny by New Times and other media outlets because while the two were romantically involved he used his office to hire Mullany, her business partner and her business partner's relatives for various political and city-related jobs, to pay Mullany hefty sums of money (more than $300,000 over five years) out of his political campaign funds and money donated by local businesses for downtown revitalization, to give special access to at least two companies that put Mullany on their payroll, to travel around the world on private jets with Mullany in tow, purportedly on city business, without disclosing how the trips are being funded.

On one occasion, he even left city staff behind to take Mullany on an excursions to stir global economic development in Phoenix.

She was appointed to boards and commissions in the past, but after the two started dating, she relinquished all those spots. But, with Gordon's help, she was working, still managing his political funds, and apparently building a "global connections" company.
 
And now, with about three month remaining on the end of his term, he wanted to get her back into the game?

What chutzpah!
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Bobby
Bobby

There are crooks in private industry, in sports, in all kinds of areas of life, but none are as bald faced worthless as these politicians. If one considers that they produce NOTHING, as their jobs go, then the thought of their many improprieties and or outright criminality should sicken the average person of moderate honesty. Gordon is one of Arizona's poster children, when it comes to useless beurocrats.

tr7fan
tr7fan

this is even worse thant th viola transportation thing where gordon recused himself then gave viola insider info on how to win the contract the guy hasnt done an hour in jail for any of this and now hes just totally open with it

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Whatever will she do without her corrupt sugar daddy to get her plush positions and contracts for whatever company she happens to be "working" for?    The guy has no sense of right and wrong.  He's been an embarassment as a mayor and a big money drain on the city but he's the New Times buddy.

Jason
Jason

Why am I not surprised by this?

When will the politicians in this state understand the words "conflict of interest"?

Thank God Mayor Phil is term-limited. Maybe Stanton can bring some sanity back to the PHX.

Vic
Vic

Time for this gal to get a real job, on her own for a change.

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