Arizona Capitol

"Birther" Judy Burges to Fill Scott Bundgaard's Senate Seat

Republican state Representative Judy Burges has a new title: state Senator Judy Burges.

Burges was chosen this morning by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the state Senate seat made vacant when former Senator Scott Bundgaard.

Bundgaard, as you know, called it quits just minutes before he was scheduled to testify in front of a Senate ethics committee about a fight he got into with a former girlfriend on the side of a Valley freeway last year.

Burges was one of three possible replacements for Bundgaard -- attorney Eric Spencer, and former Maricopa County GOP chairman Lyle Tuttle also were considered.

The vote for Burges was unanimous.

Burges, you may recall, is the original sponsor of the 2010 "Birther Bill," which never made it out of committee. However, last year, a similar bill found it's way to the desk of Governor Jan Brewer, where it was vetoed.

As we reported last week, Representative Carl Seel says he plans to reintroduce the embarrassing bill again this year.

Another of Burges' bright ideas was the "I didn't pay enough fund" -- a bill she also introduced in 2010, which would have given taxpayers the option to pay additional taxes in an attempt to increase state revenue at a time when the state was incredibly strapped for cash.

Burges' laughable plan was to put a box at the top of Arizonan's state income tax forms that would give citizens the option to donate more than they're required by law to pay. Read all about it here.

As of May 2011, the "I didn't pay enough fund" had raised about $13,000. When the bill was first proposed, the state's budget deficit was more than $3 billion.

GOP precinct leaders will now compile a list of three candidates to replace Burgess. The BOS will choose from that list.

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