Can Rep. Clark be any more self-serving before he leaves office in a couple of months?
Remember Doug Clark? He’s the one-term legislator from District 6 who decided back in April that he wasn’t making enough money as a real estate salesman and a legislator to make ends meet.
But simply leaving office wasn’t enough. On his way out the door, Clark hand-picked his replacement, lifelong Democrat-instantly-turned-Republican, Tony Bouie. Clark signed on as Bouie’s campaign manager and proceeded to engage in behind-the-scenes campaigning minus any discussion with seatmate Rep. Sam Crump. Previously, Crump attempted to warn Clark and others that Bouie lacked knowledge of issues and possessed a less than conservative outlook.
Crump turned out to be right. And that was prior to Bouie being exposed as a pathological liar — even so bold as to lie to the editorial board of the Arizona Republic, insisting he had previously been a registered Republican in Florida. Yet, even after his duplicity was discovered and reported by the newspaper it wasn’t significant enough to disqualify Bouie from receiving the Republic’s endorsement.
Fortunately the voters of LD 6 were not deceived. They also saw through Rep. Clark and Sen. Pamela Gorman’s autodialers in which they tried to smear candidate Carl Seel as a deceptive liar who had sunken so low as to face foreclosure. That blew up in Clark and Gorman’s faces when it turned out that it was Bouie who actually went through foreclosure and bankruptcy, stiffing his creditors for over $250,000. Seel, on the other hand, acted honorably and redeemed his property by getting current on his loan. It is doubtful an apology is forthcoming from Gorman who will now suffer the embarrassment of having to serve with Seel in the legislature, after having worked so hard to malign him.
And, what is Clark up to these days? He’s been very busy trying to unload over $20,000 he had collected in his campaign account before bailing. Public records indicate he returned about $2,500 to friends and family in the Anthem area. He even saw fit to donate $1,000 of his campaign funds to the Arts Council of the North Valley simultaneous to his selection as that organization’s president. And the remaining $16,369.73 in his campaign coffers? Doug Clark magnanimously donated it to a Washington, DC charity. The State Republican Party, could have put those donated dollars to good use getting Arizona Republicans elected to office. That is, after all, the reason dozens of contributors gave Clark the money — to elect a Republican to public office.
But these are not the end of Rep. Clark’s exploits. Word has it that he found time to enjoy a trip to a legislative conference in New Orleans in July and apparently will be heading to another in D.C. in December, paid for by private industry lobbyists.
Interesting that Clark can find time for these jaunts. when his stated reason for leaving the legislature was that his time was too impacted by legislative service to earn a living selling real estate.