Elections

Fred DuVal Kicks Off Gov Campaign With Ads Featuring Grant Woods, Failed Fiesta Bowl Fiasco Investigator

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He's got a track record of endorsing Democratic candidates. Think Felicia Rotellini in 2010 against Tom Horne in the race for state AG.

Given the pair's personal history, including as buddies at Occidental College, it's not surprising that DuVal would choose Woods to head the candidate's "GOP for Fred" initiative.

Isn't it a bit surprising, however, given Woods failed Fiesta Bowl investigation into allegations of campaign-finance corruption within the organization?

Woods found "no credible evidence" to substantiate allegations that the Fiesta Bowl reimbursed its employees for campaign contributions made to various Arizona politicians. And yet, after an actual investigation, the organization's former CEO, John Junker, landed in prison.

"I've always called them as I see them, no matter the cost," Woods wrote in 2011 in a mea culpa column published in the Arizona Republic. "That's been the hallmark of my public service and courtroom career in Arizona; it's part of who I am. That's why it hurts to have to admit that I failed to get the job done at the Fiesta Bowl."

Geoff Vetter, a spokesman for the DuVal campaign, says the campaign asked Woods to kick things off to entice Republican support for DuVal because "Grant Woods is a former attorney general who is respected by both Republicans and Democrats."

And so it goes.

Voters -- and campaigns -- typically have short memories when it comes to most political scandals.

But for those who'd like a stroll down memory lane, here are some details from 276-page investigative report compiled by a special committee formed by the Fiesta Bowl after employees alleged that the initial investigation was a "cover-up."

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