Arizona Lawmaker Asked to Resign After Fight

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2011 11:42 AM

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Arizona Republicans may seek to oust their leader in the state Senate after he was accused of domestic violence, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
State Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican, said he want to see Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard of Peoria resign.

arizona, lawmaker, freeway, fightThe Senate’s Ethics Committee will allow an investigation to proceed, looking into a report last month of domestic violence involving Bundgaard.

“Getting in a fistfight with your girlfriend on the side of the freeway is behavior unbecoming a senator," Gould told the newspaper on Monday. "I won't be led by somebody who does those kinds of things."

In a statement, Bundgaard said he has no intention of resigning. He apologized "for being involved in an incident that generated criticism of our Capitol institutions and me."

"I will clear my name as this issue works through the process, and as more information comes out," Bundgaard said. "And I will do so in the face of the politics that have now been injected into this issue."

Police arrested Bundgaard and an ex-girlfriend after an altercation along a Phoenix freeway Feb. 25.

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