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Pierce’s Victory Fund spends against Fillmore (access required)

A committee whose goal is to return a robust GOP majority to the state Senate has taken sides in a Republican primary, spending money to help Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, beat Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.

The Republican Victory Fund recently sent out a mailer touting Crandall’s record, including his vote to pass SB1070.

As expected, Fillmore is dismayed by the committee’s action.

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Well, that was easy

L Gray was quietly appointed to the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday to replace Gould, who had recused himself from considering Barton’s complaint against Crandall because Fillmore has endorsed him, and her first act as chair of the committee today was to dismiss it.

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Gray dismisses ethics complaint against Crandall (access required)

Newly appointed Senate Ethics Committee Chairwoman Linda Gray dismissed a fellow lawmaker’s complaint against Sen. Rich Crandall, saying the Mesa Republican hadn’t violated any laws or ethical rules.

Gray said Crandall’s threat to kill Rep. Brenda Barton’s legislation in the Senate Education Committee was fully in line with a Senate rule stating that chairmen have the authority to determine which bills are heard in their committees.

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Crandall apologizes for angry voicemail (access required)

Facing an ethics complaint that calls for his removal from the Arizona Senate for allegations that he behaved unprofessionally, Sen. Rich Crandall has apologized for threatening to kill the bills of a fellow Republican who he believed harassed his daughter.

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Barton: Ethics complaint imminent against Crandall (access required)

Insisting that their dispute has transcended alleged tampering with campaign signs, Rep. Brenda Barton held a press conference this morning announcing that she will file an ethics complaint against Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, for leaving her a voicemail message on July 12 that she said was an attempt to intimidate and bully her.

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Fillmore calls for Crandall’s ouster, despite history of defending disgraced ex-lawmakers (access required)

Rep. John Fillmore has defended a former lawmaker who was accused of domestic violence. And he’s asked the courts to be lenient on another legislator who was convicted of defrauding a children’s charity.

But the Apache Junction Republican says his political challenger, Sen. Rich Crandall, should be subject to an ethics trial, removed from his committee chairmanship and ultimately ousted from office because Crandall threatened to kill future legislation backed by Fillmore’s House colleague.

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Crandall threatens lawmaker’s bills in sign feud (access required)

In a voicemail message left on the cell phone of a legislator he says harassed his daughter last week, Sen. Rich Crandall suggested that he would work to kill her bills next year.

“I’m furious at you right now,” Crandall said in the July 12 message for Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson. “You better not try to run any education legislation next year.”

(Plus, listen to the voicemail)

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