Longtime Arizonans will remember a then-youthful political gadfly Ed Buck (born Buckmelter) who waged a recall and impeachment battle against Republican former Gov. Evan Mecham, initiated before his inauguration.
Conservative Republicans will have no trouble recalling how the leftist Arizona Republic chronicled and canonized the effort to impeach conservative Gov. Evan Mecham. We’ve been inundated with praiseful accounts of a certain naval “war hero,” the son and grandson of admirals, but few are aware Mecham left college to join the U.S. Army Air Corps during the height of World War II, training as a fighter pilot. He was shot down and held as a prisoner of war receiving an Air Medal and Purple Heart for his valiant service. Active in his church and a successful businessman, he served in the state senate before winning a three-way primary race for governor in 1986, trouncing GOP AZ House Majority Leader Burton Barr, the presumed winner. He went on to easily defeat democrat Carolyn Warner.
On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Attorneys Office Central District of California issued a news release titled, “Grand Jury Charges Ed Buck with Four Additional Felonies, Including that He Enticed Victims to Travel Interstate to Engage in Prostitution,” stating Buck is scheduled to go to trial on January 19, 2021.
It’s a big job in the nation’s most populous federal judicial district, so the wheels of justice are bound to turn slowly, but it’s past time for his trial to begin in the case which includes evidence of male prostitution, drugs and dead bodies found in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. Buck, now 66, gray and emaciated, has a predilection for gay orgies with down-on-their-luck young black men. He injected them with methamphetamines on his mattress laden living room floor, causing three known deaths. Buck was arrested September 17, 2019. With his flamboyance vanished, he is seen on KTLA TV 5 cowering in the back seat of a patrol car.
Facing a possible life sentence in federal prison, the high dollar democrat donor and LBGTQ activist is oddly being represented by a public defender, paid for by the taxpayers and reserved for indigent defendants. These democrats who were the recipients of Buck’s generosity,* should return the favor and let the overburdened California taxpayers off the hook.
SRAZ has covered Buck numerous times:
March 19, 2018: Why do perverts contribute to Kyrsten Sinema?
Jan. 10, 2019: Dem donor Ed Buck, 2 dead men and counting & Update
Nov. 3, 2019: Adam Schiff’s multiple visits to Ed Buck’s sex, meth den
* Center for Responsive Politics