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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Lets Los Angeles Mayor Off the Hook for Joe Arpaio and J.D. Hayworth in NBA Playoff Bet

Arizona had a lot more riding on this season's Western Conference Finals than mere pride -- until Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon decided to show his hand today, that is.

Gordon and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have spent the past week one-upping each other in a series of bets over rights to some of their least-favorite politicos within their respective states.

On the line for Arizona: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth.

Gordon, however, in an effort to make the humorous wager somewhat meaningful, wrote a letter to Villaraigosa letting Los Angeles off the hook for rights to both Arpaio and Hayworth.

Gordon's new, proposed terms entail him going to L.A. -- should the Suns win -- to meet with leaders in California to discuss a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as pleading to the L.A. City Council to lift its boycott of Arizona.

Gordon cites Arpaio's current "credit card difficulties," noting "with his [Arpaio's] travel
limited for the near future, I'd like to tweak the terms of our wager."

As for Hayworth, the mayor seems to have a kind heart, ending his letter to Villaraigosa with "P.S. Don't worry about accepting J.D. Hayworth. We wouldn't wish that on anybody."

Check out Phil's entire letter below.

May 27, 2010

The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor, City of Los Angeles
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa:
It goes without saying that I couldn't be more excited about tonight's
pivotal Game Five in the Suns-Lakers series. While you've been exceedingly
generous with our friendly wager, I hope you're ready to go "all in" with
so much on the line.

As you'll recall, should the Suns win the series, (or, better yet, "when"
the Suns win) you agreed to take both Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former talk
show host J.D. Hayworth off Arizona's hands for some much-needed education
on the subject of immigration reform.

That was a grand gesture, but what you may not have heard is that Sheriff
Joe is having some serious credit card difficulties. With his travel
limited for the near future, I'd like to tweak the terms of our wager.

Instead of sending the Sheriff to you, I'd like to volunteer to come to LA
at my own expense when the Suns win. While there, I'd like us to sit down
and discuss how our cities can unite to push for comprehensive immigration
reform at the federal level. Also, I'd like the chance to speak to your
City Council about rescinding your boycott of Arizona. And I'd love to
stop by an elementary school to drop off Suns jerseys to deserving group
of LA schoolchildren.

Of course, on the off chance the Lakers win out, I'm happy to live by your
previous terms and accept California gubernatorial candidates Steve
Poizner and Meg Whitman.

Additionally, if the Lakers win, I'd to offer you a genuine "Suns bench"
for use in your office. As you may have noticed in Game Four, a Suns bench
is deep and strong. That would certainly come in handy for you and your

Good luck and go Suns!
Very truly yours,

Phil Gordon

P.S. Don't worry about accepting J.D. Hayworth. We wouldn't wish that on

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