Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bundgaard's Wreckage

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM

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Arizona Senate Majority Leader Scott Bungaard is finding it hard to spin his way out avoiding arrest by claiming "legislative immunity" in the wake of a fight with his girlfriend on the side of a Phoenix highway.

E.J. Montini interviews the woman who went to jail while Bundgaard went home here:


Aubry Ballard is a small woman, not much over 100 pounds.

She sat across from me Monday afternoon at a Phoenix coffee shop where, hesitantly, she showed me the bruises on both sides of her chest, near her collar bones. And the bruises on her arms. And the scrapes on both knees.

“It has been a tough thing to go through,” she said. “But to see the things about me in the media. People saying I'm crazy. That's not me. I not a public person so I don't have experience in this. But that's not me.”

On Friday night, 34-year-old Ballard and her now former boyfriend, 43-year-old state Sen. Scott Bundgaard, were at a “Dancing with the Stars” charitable event. On the way home, their car was spotted on the side of the road and police responded to calls of a man pulling a woman from the vehicle. According to officers, because Bundgaard had a black eye and cut lip, and because of Ballard's injuries, to two of them were to be arrested for domestic violence.

Instead, Bundgaard used the get-out-of-jail-free card that lawmakers have while they're in session.

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