Rich Crandall Leaves a Somewhat Angry Voicemail for Fellow State Senator, Who's Filing an Ethics Complaint Over It



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Rich Crandall's kind of mad.
The audio clip above -- a voicemail from Republican state Senator Rich Crandall to fellow Republican Senator Brenda Barton -- is apparently enough to get an ethics complaint lodged against Crandall.

This all started (as so much drama does) over a campaign-sign feud, in which there are photos of two women taking down a sign for Republican state Representative John Fillmore, and replacing it with one for Crandall.

Crandall and Fillmore are primary opponents this year, and one of the people in the photos apparently messing with the signs is one of Crandall's daughters.

The girls apparently replaced the Fillmore sign after being confronted, but it's interesting who confronted them -- Barton.

According to Fillmore's account of events, he got a call from Barton -- whose district is in the Payson area, but was apparently staying with her mother-in-law in Mesa -- and Barton said she just saw this happening while she was driving down the street in Mesa.

Fillmore claims his sign has been there for some time, while Crandall's daughter and the other woman claimed Crandall's sign was there first, and Fillmore's sign had apparently replaced it.

At some point after that -- and after the pictures of the women hit the Internet -- Crandall left a voicemail for Barton, saying she "better not try to run any education legislation whatsoever [in] the next two years."

Crandall, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has quite a bit of control over education-related legislation, although none of Barton's education bills made it out of the committee last session anyway.

That's apparently enough for an ethics complaint in Barton's mind, so Crandall can join the ranks of guys like former Representative Daniel Patterson and former Senator Scott Bundgaard, who were accused of a little more than an angry voicemail.

Heck, despite Crandall saying in the voicemail that he was "furious," he doesn't even sound that mad.



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6 comments
Rwulman
Rwulman

I have seen people slashing and removing Crandall's signs in our district. They are part of the Fillmore crowd.

CJ Doane
CJ Doane

Not orchestrated by the opponent...played out by real life, dumb luck Mrs Barton was there to witness it, and dumb Daddy instructing his daughter to break the law...THEN using his political position to hold a grudge. An apology in the first place from Crandall would have nipped the whole episode in the bud. 

Pale7
Pale7

This is part of a dirty tricks campaign orchestrated by his opponent to provoke this sort of response. Unfortunately for Crandall, Crandall took the bait, twice.

Rob
Rob

 I wonder how it would have played were this a recall election and it was family of recalled Senator Russell Pearce who were doing this. Oh wait....that did happen. Can't remember the R outrage though..

Carpet Crawler
Carpet Crawler

Perhaps, but posting photos of your kids on the Internet and bringing them into a nasty dispute - whether right or wrong - can make a parent do crazy things. If someone posted photos of my underage daughter on the internet for something as silly as sign wars - I think I'd be furious too. In my mind the problem isn't that Crandall threatened Barton.  The problem is that he was dumb enough to leave a voicemail.  Perhaps if he had threatened to knock that silly cowboy hat off of her head things wouldn't have gotten this nasty.

Veritasvincit52
Veritasvincit52

Crandall could have simply said it was a misunderstanding.  He instead used his position as Chairman to dismiss Arizona's education needs over his vendetta.  He also disenfranchised all the citizens of Representative Barton's district in terms of education legislation.  How would that play if Lela Alston had caught Crandall's daughters tearing down a sign of Ruben Gallego?  And when Alston reported it, Crandall phoned to tell her all education legislation she might put forward would be DOA in the Senate?  Keep in mind, Crandall directed his daughter to rip down the Fillmore sign (cited in the Yellow Sheet).

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