An obviously embarrassed Gov. Doug Ducey, intent on keeping his ethically challenged Lottery Director Tony Bouie in place despite escalating evidence against him, stiltedly confirmed his resignation Thursday via a spokesman: “In discussing these recent issues with Director Bouie, the director and the administration agreed this would be a distraction, so in the best interest of the state, Director Bouie has stepped down.”
The Arizona Republic covers Tony Bouie’s resignation, saying he resigned amid “controversy.” The newspaper can’t be too shocked by the revelations. It was aware of his ethical lapses when it endorsed him for a legislative seat in 2008, after first exposing his lies.
Arizona Capitol Times reports Doug Ducey’s hand-picked chief of the Arizona Lottery has been forced out of office, following numerous allegations — including that he’d improperly used state vehicles for personal reasons and fired several employees, replacing them with friends.
Bouie was paid $115,700.
The Phoenix New Times opened the door Monday with this reveal of Bouie’s admission that he had violated the law in his misuse of a state vehicle. The report included a link to this Seeing Red AZ Jan. 2015 post “Tony Bouie scores cushy post: Establishment takes care of its own“—- which, in turn carries links to numerous other exposés regarding the cagey Tony Bouie — dating back to 2008.
Politics is not for the faint of heart. It is also not for those who cannot withstand public scrutiny. As we noted at the time of Bouie’s appointment as lottery director, Arizona’s governor was taking a pointless gamble with Tony Bouie.