It's that time of year. Many commentators do something along the lines of a "diamond/lump of coal" theme for their Christmas stocking pieces, I'm going for the practical this year.
This year, the list of Arizonans who deserve a little something special in their stockings includes...
...State Sen. Scott Bundgaard. In the wake of his "domestic violence incident" (a euphemism for "beating up his girlfriend by the side of a freeway"). After invoking legislative immunity from arrest (for misdemeanors, and only while the lege is actually in session), he is expending massive amounts of effort to keep the Senate Ethics Committee from weighing in on his conduct. Now he is suing the members of the committee to block any inquiry.
Bundgaard seems to think that he stands a chance in hell of winning reelection next year.
So here's to hoping that on Christmas Day, Bundgaard looks in his stocking and finds a clue.
...Marcia Busching. She has opened a committee for a run at a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission. While the ACC is incredibly important, it's also incredibly low profile. On top of that, she'll be running against some incredibly well-funded Republicans who aren't shy about taking "contributions" from the industries that they are supposed to regulate.
So here's to hoping that on Christmas Day, Busching looks in her stocking and finds two things - a little good luck and a good communications person for her campaign. It better be a big stocking... :)
...Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. After seeing his buddy Russell Pearce go down in flames in November, the deluge just hasn't stopped. He's been coming under growing criticism for his sacrifice of investigations of rape and child molestation cases while funnelling MCSO resources into his never-ending anti-immigrant raids (which apparently are far more camera-friendly than actual police work).
Now, the US Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has released the scathing report of its investigation of Arpaio's operation of MCSO, and "scathing" may be something of an understatement.
Instead of the usual combination of legalese and bureaucrat-ese that are the usual hallmarks of such things, it reads like it was written by someone who's a combination of Stephen King and Franz Kafka (OK, with a generous smattering of legalese and bureaucrat-ese thrown in. It *is* DOJ, after all :) .)
At this point, it looks like he should be less worried about winning reelection next year and more concerned with making an exit from office that doesn't involve an indictment.
However, he has spent the week declaring that it's all politics and that the investigation was a "sneak attack" and other similar utterances that prove that "denial" isn't just a river. Of course, the list of his misdeeds may be longer than the Nile, but I digress... :)
Anyway, Arpaio is going on and on, even though the investigation has been going on for years and he has been the one who has used his office for politically-motivated investigations.
So here's to hoping that on Christmas Day, Arpaio looks in his stocking and finds a clue (hope Santa has one to spare after giving one to Bundgaard).
This was fun. Have to do it again, soon. :)