AZ Rep. Ben Arredondo: Nothing’s my fault

Tested positive for amphetamines; claimed to treat ADHD, narcolepsy

With his lawyer alleging that the charges against him are “manufactured,” Democrat state Rep. Ben Arredondo, 63, pleaded not guilty today to federal counts of bribery, fraud and extortion.

A July 3, 2012 trial date in Federal Court has been set for the former Tempe city councilman, and current state representative who has been allowed to remain on his own recognizance while awaiting trial. He was elected to the state House representing LD 17 in 2010.

Not content to leave well enough alone, Arredondo’s lawyer called him “a dedicated public official targeted by the government in D.C.” He said, “Ben Arredondo is not for sale.”

Would that be the same federal government led by fellow liberal Barack Obama?

Arredondo was caught in an FBI sting. According to the indictment we covered on May 16, he accepted gifts and thousands of dollars in game tickets to sporting events in 2009 and 2010 in exchange for the promise of brokering property deals while serving as a Tempe councilman. Arredondo is charged with two counts of mail fraud and one count each of bribery, attempted extortion and false statements.

The daily reports Arredondo was required to surrender his passport. The federal magistrate noted that Arredondo had tested positive for amphetamines, but said that was common for people taking Adderall, a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

The indictment (courtesy of the AZ Capitol Times) can be read here. Curiously his usually vocal fellow legislative Democrats have been mum regarding issuing a call for him to step down.

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6 Responses to AZ Rep. Ben Arredondo: Nothing’s my fault

  1. Seen It All says:

    Ben Arredondo is a not very funny joke who should stand as an affront to all elected state reps, whether Democrat or Republican…. House members or state senators. For his own Democrat cohorts to go mute and grant him a pass under the circumstances is disgusting. They certainly jumped on Scott Bundgaard and others they deemed “unfit” to serve the people who put them in office over private dealings with significant others. In Dan Patterson’s case his former girlfriend even recanted her story.

    This is screwing over the taxpayers for greed, which in my opinion is much worse. Neither Bundgaard nor Patterson are righteous men, but they were both publicly and politically drawn and quartered. In this case, Arredondo’s lawyer blames his problems on the feds! And still not a word from his colleagues about him stepping down. What a farce!!

  2. Vince says:

    Ben Arredondo was caught in a federal sting. This was not a bad dream. It was the real deal. He was caught red-handed. The dems don’t want to go after him because they’ve already lost too many members due to criminal activities. They are hanging tight for that reason, I have no doubt.

    • Orion says:

      Seeing Red AZ needs a new category called “Dems caught red-handed.” Thanks for the idea, Vince.

  3. Night Owl says:

    I’d like to know what a man with ADHD and narcolepsy is doing holding public office, which requires concentration and the ability to reason. But then again, Arredondo’s a democrat, so there’s not that much thinking involved.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Required to surrender his passport? Now that’s another joke.

  5. teapartypatriot says:

    This illustrates how totally stupid lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists really are. If Arredondo wants to get high and join the OBOZO choom, gang, why doesn’t he just do like the rest of them and go get some of that great and legal “medical” pot ? (NB: EVERY lunatic-leftist has the perfect medical excuse for getting “medical” pot – they’re ALL self-loathing, hate-filled sociopaths with a non-curable mental disease called “d-cRAT socialism”.)