Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen called for an investigation into Attorney General Terry Goddard at a press conference yesterday -- but failed to mention that Goddard's office is currently investigating Pullen.
In fact, in Pullen's remarks, which you can see in this video posted to www.sonoranalliance.com, the state party chairman actually defends Sheriff's Captain Joel Fox, without mentioning his own involvement in the scandal.
According to documents released in Pinal County Superior Court Monday, Pullen is himself under investigation for his actions in the SCA campaign financing scandal.
The AG is looking at the possibility that Fox and his cohorts have committed felonies including fraud schemes and practices by willful concealment, making prohibited political contributions, and money laundering, records show. ...
If the sheriff's officers did, in fact, engage in money laundering, they must have done so with the complicity of the Arizona Republican Party.
[Special Agent Mike] Edwards notes in his affidavit that both Captain Fox and the chairman of the Republican Party, Randy Pullen, insisted to a lawyer hired by the county that the funds were not earmarked to help Arpaio.
Subpoenaed bank records, Edwards notes, shows those statements are false -- "a material misrepresentation in a written document in a matter related to the business conducted by a political subdivision of the State, knowing such statement is false."
In other words, Edwards believes that not only did Fox break the law -- Arizona Republican Chairman Randy Pullen broke it, too.
Pullen called the press conference to allege that both Attorney General Goddard and State Representative Kyrsten Sinema broke Arizona's "resign to run" law by failing to quit their current jobs before announcing plans to run for different posts. Pullen may well have a point -- but the timing is, shall we say, more than a bit suspicious. After all, local blogger Greg Patterson broke news of both politicians' statements, with full context of what laws they may have violated, back in May. And now, four months later, Pullen is suddenly so worked up that he wants a special prosecutor?
Far more believable is that the GOP chairman needed to deflect attention from the damning papers released in Pinal County on Monday. And the sad thing is, his lame-ass attempt worked. The Arizona Republic ran a story about the presser without mentioning the SCA scandal. Even the frickin' Democratic Party didn't put two-and-two together: They issued a really stupid news release claiming that Pullen was trying to deflect attention from Governor Brewer's failure to pass a budget.
What makes the Dems' failure utterly appalling is that Pullen was dumb enough to mention the SCA affair at his press conference. His remarks:
When Mainstream Arizona collected corporate cash to influence elections, the Attorney General's OFfice agreed to a $5,000 fine and tells Mainstream to be more careful next time. When Joel Fox tries to put together some money to advocate for the integrity of the sheriff's office -- and it's not even corporate money -- Terry Goddard sends around investigators to Fox's home to conduct a search, which turns up nothing. How is that fair? Mainstream Arizona gets a slap on the wrist and a fine -- Joel Fox has his house searched.
Obviously, Pullen is off base in his defense of the fund. (Fox most certainly did collect corporate donations, for one thing -- and we still have no idea what the investigators got in the raid on his house. The case is ongoing.)
But we really can't believe that no one is making that point on Goddard's behalf. With friends like these ... well, let's just say we're a little worried.
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