Tuesday, March 8, 2011

News Release from Sen. Aboud and Sen. Lopez: Senate Republicans refuse to hold their own accountable

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Today, the Senate Republican Caucus met in a closed caucus to discuss whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard should remain as the number two Senate Republican. After ninety minutes of discussion, the Republican Caucus adjourned without even a vote.

“Sen. Bundgaard should do the right thing and step down,” said Senate Minority Whip Paula Aboud. “His actions continue to distract the legislature from critical issues like the budget, health care and education.”

Yesterday, several members of the Senate Democratic Caucus called for Sen. Bundgaard to step down as the Senate Majority Leader and for an Ethics Committee investigation over Sen. Bundgaard’s potential domestic violence assault charge. Subsequently, several Republicans called for him to step down from leadership and for an ethics investigation as well.

“It is disappointing that the Republican Caucus continues to refuse to take action on this issue,” said Sen. Linda Lopez. “We need to remove the cloud that is hanging over the Senate and focus on fixing the Arizona economy and creating jobs.”

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