State Sen. Scott Bundgaard was involved in a domestic violence incident Friday night, one that resulted in the arrest of his then-girlfriend Aubry Ballard while Bundgaard invoked legislative immunity to avoid arrest.
Bundgaard, though GOP PR guru Jason Rose, has issued a couple of press releases (like this one) on the matter, as well as speaking about the event on the Senate floor Monday. In the press releases, he tried to paint the conflict as rooted in Ms. Ballard being jealous over Bungaard's participation in a knockoff version of "Dancing With The Stars" for charity.
Until Tuesday however, Ballard had remained silent.
That changed when she gave an interview to KPNX's (Phoenix channel 12) Brahm Resnik.
She cited long simmering "relationship problems" as at the root of the conflict between her and Bundgaard, not anything to do with "Dancing."
Not exactly in keeping with the Bundgaard/Rose script.
Note: I attempted to embed the video in this post, but the code wouldn't work here for some reason.
The Republican blog Sonoran Alliance has jumped in, utilizing a "it must be the woman's fault" tack - mentioning that she may have once posed for pictures in a bikini, and implying that she was intoxicated Friday night.
At least they have the KPNX interview.
Other videos related to this matter:
A YouTube video of a pre-charity event interview with Bundgaard and his dance partner, Rebecca Jowers -
A YouTube video of a practice session -
Both of the above videos were posted by the Arizona Kidney Foundation. There doesn't seem to be anything incriminating in them, but they serve as good background material.
A "night-of" YouTube video of the charity event from Trends Magazine. Bundgaard doesn't appear in the video, except as a cardboard cut-out with a sign that reads "Will Dance 4 Votes." (at the 3:57 mark, approximately)
Given the amount of dancing that is going on over this incident, that's turning out to be rather prophetic...
Given the way that Bundgaard's story is falling apart, and the fact that people, like Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic, have noticed that the US Supreme Court has already ruled that "legislative immunity" clauses are invalid, does anyone want to put a number on how much time is left in his political career?
The "domestic violence" angle may not be his undoing - that seems to be coming down to a "he said/she said" tie, but he is getting absolutely ravaged in public opinion over his invoking of legislative immunity so he could spend Friday night sleeping in his own bed while his soon-to-be former girlfriend curled up in a jail cell.