Removing any doubt that he’s a colossal fool, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has written to City Attorney Gary Verburg and former Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket to inform them of his romance and the appearance of impropriety created by his involvement with Elissa Mullany, the woman who ran fundraising for his 2007 reelection campaign. The firm of MullanyWunder raised over a $million for Hizzoner. Gordon also appointed Mullany to several city commissions, which afforded her associations from which she drew business.
This is nothing new for Gordon, who ensured lucrative city contracts for his own sister and brother-in-law, Gail Gordon and Ron Ober.
Democrat Gordon, 58, says he is asking the city attorney and former chief justice for a review of his association with Elissa Mullany, 38, in view of the allegations of misconduct by U.S. Senator Max Baucus, who been criticized for recommending his girlfriend for a U.S. Attorney’s Office post.
In his letter to Zlaket, Gordon recites a litany of Mullany’s accomplishments, sounding more like a reference letter extolling the bang-up job she can do than his stated desire of a legal appraisal — or two.
Among the numerous positions she obtained through her association with the mayor, Elissa Mullany functioned as spokeswoman for Gordon’s Phoenix-Dubai Initiative, an integral part of his larger Phoenix Global Trade Initiative, which has made overtures to Italy, the U.K. and Chile and afforded him nearly limitless travel — leaving Phoenix mayor-less much of the time.
On some level his revelations have the ring of engaging in a bit of braggadocio. The recently separated and not quite divorced Gordon seems one who would be hard pressed to find a date — although the Republic ran quite a promo piece on his hot, new persona last year, saying “…the town is atwitter over his new sartorial glow.”
If you can stand Gordon’s trite banalities, City Hall reporter Scott Wong has it all — including the puerile letters.