Sen. Scott Bundgaard (R-LD4), the majority leader of the Arizona state Senate, participated in Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2011– a charity event benefiting the National Kidney Foundation on Friday night. Leaving the event, Bundgaard and his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, got into an argument regarding his dancing partner.
Ballard, reported to be intoxicated, began throwing his clothing out of the car and onto the heavily trafficked expressway. While Bundgaard stopped the car to retrieve his clothing, Ballard attempted to commandeer his car and leave the scene. As he tried to pull her from behind the wheel of his vehicle, they were spotted by an off-duty patrol officer who called for units to respond. Ballard was arrested and spent the night in jail.
Bundgaard was briefly taken into custody on suspicion of domestic violence that evening but was released. According to reports, Ballard was booked into Maricopa County jail on a charge of assault and is awaiting her initial appearance.
Connie Cone Sexton and Kristena Hansen both labored on this report for the daily. Neither bothered to call Sen. Bundgaard for factual verification, as he points out in his press release.
He added, “I waive any and all ‘legislative immunity.’ If I did something wrong, charge me. I did not.”
Sen. Bundgaard has co-sponsored legislation challenging the claim of U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are residing in Arizona illegally, making him a juicy target for the pro-amnesty Arizona Republic.
Since this news broke last evening, the Republic has added to the original report, including a photo and statement from Bundgaard’s girlfriend, Aubry Ballard and adding information regarding Governor Brewer that is irrelevant to this incident. Reporter Mary K. Reinhart jumped onboard with the original two reporters to further sensationalize the story, ensuring prominent placement in the morning edition.