Embattled state Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard reportedly told Senate Republicans that his now-ex-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, pulled out a gun during a roadside brouhaha last month that left the senator with a black eye and Ballard in the hoosegow.
Bundgaard met with Senate Republicans yesterday to discuss the February 25, incident, and to determine whether he would remain in his leadership role. The tale of the gun apparently was enough to win Bundgaard a stay of execution as the second-most-powerful person in the Senate.
Bundgaard's PR flack, Jason Rose, did not immediately return New Times' request for comment.
However, Rose offered the following worthless response to the Arizona Guardian: "We are working with law enforcement and will continue to work with them as it relates to all issues involved with this case. We have no further comment beyond a commitment to continue to cooperate with them."
It should be noted that nowhere in the seven-page police report does it mention anything about a gun, nor has Bundgaard ever publicly suggested (until yesterday) that a gun was involved in the alleged scuffle.
That, Bundgaard told his colleagues in the Senate, is part of an effort to protect his former flame.
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The gun Ballard allegedly pulled belongs to Bundgaard, and was kept in either the glove compartment, or the center console of his gold Mercedes, out of which Ballard allegedly tossed the senator's clothes before he stopped the car and tried to remove her.
Details of the scuffle are fuzzy, with both parties telling differing stories. See New Times' story on the matter here.
Some lawmakers reportedly were skeptical of Bundgaard's story. They agreed yesterday to give Bundgaard another week before taking a formal vote on whether to give him the boot as majority leader.
Calls to Senator Rich Crandall, a colleague of Bundgaard's who's called for his ouster as majority leader, were not immediately returned. Check back to Valley Fever for updates.