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Rich Crandall Leaves a Somewhat Angry Voicemail for Fellow State Senator, Who's Filing an Ethics Complaint Over It

The audio clip above -- a voicemail from Republican state Senator Rich Crandall to fellow Republican Senator Brenda Barton -- is apparently enough to get an ethics complaint lodged against Crandall.

This all started (as so much drama does) over a campaign-sign feud, in which there are photos of two women taking down a sign for Republican state Representative John Fillmore, and replacing it with one for Crandall.

Crandall and Fillmore are primary opponents this year, and one of the people in the photos apparently messing with the signs is one of Crandall's daughters.

The girls apparently replaced the Fillmore sign after being confronted, but it's interesting who confronted them -- Barton.

According to Fillmore's account of events, he got a call from Barton -- whose district is in the Payson area, but was apparently staying with her mother-in-law in Mesa -- and Barton said she just saw this happening while she was driving down the street in Mesa.

Fillmore claims his sign has been there for some time, while Crandall's daughter and the other woman claimed Crandall's sign was there first, and Fillmore's sign had apparently replaced it.

At some point after that -- and after the pictures of the women hit the Internet -- Crandall left a voicemail for Barton, saying she "better not try to run any education legislation whatsoever [in] the next two years."

Crandall, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has quite a bit of control over education-related legislation, although none of Barton's education bills made it out of the committee last session anyway.

That's apparently enough for an ethics complaint in Barton's mind, so Crandall can join the ranks of guys like former Representative Daniel Patterson and former Senator Scott Bundgaard, who were accused of a little more than an angry voicemail.

Heck, despite Crandall saying in the voicemail that he was "furious," he doesn't even sound that mad.