Susan Bitter Smith jumps ship as posse closes in

Mixed metaphors? Sure. But how else to describe Susan Bitter Smith’s bizarre sense of self-importance which she assumed placed her above the law?

Amid charges of conflict of interest that caused Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to file this Petition for Special Action to remove her from office due to ineligibility, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith resigned Thursday.

She was elected to a four-year term on the Commission which began January 2013. Her resumé will no doubt be removed shortly, but from her vast array of positions, it’s clear Susan Bitter Smith, 60, has been around the political block a time or two and can’t allege ignorance of the law.

Taking the Arizonans who elected her for fools, Bitter Smith claimed she was resigning her elected position because the controversy was becoming a distraction, creating difficulties in doing her job.

Left unspecified was which job she was referring to. She has worked as a registered lobbyist and executive for a trade association of cable companies regulated by the very same Arizona Corporation Commission she chairs as a state regulator. The combined yearly salaries of the two jobs are in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. Jan. 4, 2016 is her last day with the Corporation Commission.

From the Attorney General’s Nov. 30, 2015 Press Release:

On September 2, 2015, the Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) launched an investigation into Bitter Smith after receiving a formal complaint against her. The AGO investigation found Bitter Smith receives over $150,000 per year for her trade association work, on top of her $79,500 salary as a Commissioner.  Arizona State Statute 40-101 prohibits Commissioners from being employed by or holding an official relationship to companies regulated by the Commission. The law also prohibits Commissioners from having a financial interest in regulated companies. Section 40-101 promotes ethics in government and prevents conflicts of interest.

Read the 128 unambiguous words which comprise 40-101 under link.

As we previously wrote, There’s no way to put lipstick on this pig. It’s a Category 5, GOP intra-party, cringe worthy embarrassment. At the time, although Bitter Smith had filed for reelection, AZ Republican Party chairman Robert Graham had called for her to step down.

Susan Bitter Smith’s arrogance far exceeds either rationality or ethics, though she was well compensated for her egotism.

Gov. Doug Ducey will now appoint a replacement, who will run for the office in November.


6 Responses to Susan Bitter Smith jumps ship as posse closes in

  1. SuzanneC says:

    Well what did you expect, please tell me was she ever a conservative?

    • Longtime GOP PC says:

      Neither Susan Bitter Smith nor her husband Paul have even a remote interest in conservatism. Money is their sole issue. Those who know them laugh at the 25 year old photos she uses on her campaign mailers. Fortunately we won’t be seeing those again!

  2. azgary says:

    Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year

    The House passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s
    $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, negotiated with Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    A majority of House Republicans voted for the measure, which fully funds Obama’s refugee resettlement operation, all Mideast immigration programs, Sanctuary Cities, Obama’s continued executive amnesty for DREAMers, and the resettlement of illegal aliens within the U.S. interior.

    In perhaps a display of loyalty to Ryan, three-fifths of the Republican conference supported his legislation, and even gave him a standing ovation following the bill’s passage.

    In passing this legislation, the House has approved funding for the issuance of nearly three hundred thousand visas to migrants from Muslim countries in the next year alone.

    Ryan’s bill accomplishes this migrant surge by fully funding every U.S. immigration program currently in existence, as well as funding the President’s expansion of the refugee program through Syrian migrant resettlement.

    not mentioned, it also fully funds and bails out many parts of obamacare, and fully funds planned abortion mills, i mean planned parenthood.

    Business as usual with the donor owned and operated D.C. crowd.

    This is what “lesser of two evils”, “party uber alles” voting gets us.
    Sheep get shorn, then slaughtered and eaten, just like the good little gop voters.

    Trump or bust

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I just emailed my representative on this. It’s INFURIATING! Bill Kristol actually said “it would have been much worse” if Pelosi was running the House. Huh? Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi “had dinner” recently. A young Paul Ryan worked to get John Boehner elected years ago. The new boss is the same as the old boss. Give Obama what he wants. Taxpayers be damned.

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    Susan Bitter Smith is a con man in a skirt.

    I’d like to see former state senator Lori Klein named to fill this vacancy. She’s smart and ethical.