Bundgaard lives

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 Bundgaard must now fight for his political life

clip_image001By Dennis Welch
The Arizona Guardian

Republican Sen. Scott Bundgaard is now in the fight for his political life as the Senate Ethics Committee voted Tuesday to hold its first investigation into a criminal matter in two decades.

The committee voted 3-1 to move forward on the investigation stemming from a freeway fight Bundgaard had with his now ex-girlfriend in February.

In a surprising move, two of the three Republicans on the committee joined the lone Democrat to force the first ethics investigation like this since 1993. The other Democrat on the five-member committee, Sen. David Schapira, was absent.

Republican Sen. Andy Biggs was the only lawmaker to vote against the investigation, saying this was not the right time push ahead.

Republican Sens. Ron Gould and Steve Yarbrough voted in favor of investigating a member of their own party. Given his prior statements, it was not unexpected that Gould voted the way he did.

The real surprise of the hearing came when Yarbrough voted to investigate Bundgaard. It was surrising because of how Yarbrough started off the hearing. The Chandler lawmaker started by calling for Gould and Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, a Democrat, to rescue themselves

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