Democrat state legislator Mark DeSimone arrested on domestic violence charges

Representative Mark DeSimone was arrested after police received the call from his home around 11:45 p.m. last evening, according to a report on KTAR radio.

“Our officers placed Mr. DeSimone under arrest for assault and domestic violence, and he was booked into Maricopa County Jail last night,” said Sgt. Joe Tranter.

Tranter said the lawmaker was accused of hitting his wife.

“She had some minor lacerations — insider her lip, inside her mouth, where she said she had been struck,” Tranter said.

Emily DeRose, spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, said, “It is our understanding that Representative DeSimone intends to resign upon his release. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” DeRose said. She said it is too early to discuss who might succeed him.

The District 11 Democrat had been campaigning to retain his seat, won as a first termer in the 2006 election.

7 Responses to Democrat state legislator Mark DeSimone arrested on domestic violence charges

  1. Fooled Twice says:

    Since we were told it was Dist. 11 Chairman Rob Haney’s fault when DeSimone was elected in the first place, will Haney now be given credit for DeSimone being taken out?

  2. Vince says:

    Maybe former Gov.Fife Symington can switch parties and run for this soon-to-open seat. He was part of the team attempting to oust the current chairman and run the district in which he had never attended a meeting. Representing District 11 in the legislature would be a step up from that–and it even has a salary attached!

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    That $24,000 (plus per diem) salary would be chump change to Symington. It would be pick up change to buy a few lunches at trendy fine dining establishments.

  4. Kate says:

    Well, who are the RINOs in Dist 11 going to vote for now? JNo is not running and now DeSimone is out. Camilla, Fife, and Juan had lined up the gig in 2006 for DeSimone to head the anti-smoking initiative with all the free publicity it generated for DeSimone and Clean Elections ruled that GOP candidate Don Hesselbrock was not entitled to matching funds.

    Fife , in his campaign literature, pinned the blame for the loss on Haney for causing divisiveness by pointing out that Juan has no clothes. All too clever. Do away with the people who dared to speak the truth about the party leaders and then blame the loss on the leaders they had hope to eliminate. But their $20K campaigned flopped leaving District Chairman Rob Haney, County Chairman Lyle Tuttle, and State Chairman Randy Pullen to fight the Comprehensive Immigration Amnesty Plan that Kyl and McCain had been cooking up.

    The McCain and Kyl surrogates are rumored to have a much better campaign going this time to get rid off the opposition before McCain reintroduces his Comprehensive Immigration Plan again as he just promised the Hispanics at a closed door meeting in Chicago he would do.

    So much for his, “I get it now, border enforcement first” commitment. What a confidence man old Juan is.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I heard on the news this evening that DeSimone is a bar owner. He was described as am area businessman when running for his seat. While owning a bar qualifies as being in business, it’s not the most upstanding for a law maker.

  6. Jason says:

    Just wondering. Now that the legislature has adjourned, how does his seat get filled if/when he steps down?

  7. Linda says:

    There seems to be more concern over who will replace him than the crime he allegedly committed. Doesn’t anyone care about what he is accused of doing to his wife and what happens to her? She’s the victim here, not District 11.