The Show on KJZZ

Scandals Raise Questions About Relationships Between Arizona Lawmakers And Lobbyists

By Steve Goldstein, Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:26pm
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 10:50pm

Audio icon Download mp3 (8.86 MB)

Michelle Ugenti-Rita David Cook
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Michelle Ugenti-Rita and David Cook.

The Arizona Capitol is wrestling with multiple lawmaker-lobbyist related scandals. State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale) allegedly harassed a female lobbyist, leading her Democratic colleagues to demand an investigation that seems unlikely at this point.

And Rep. David Cook (R-Globe) faces multiple ethics complaints stemming from his alleged affair with a lobbyist.

Both cases raise questions about the boundaries — or lack thereof — between lawmakers and lobbyists.

Hank Stephenson, editor of the Yellow Sheet Report, joined The Show to tell us more about how these cases have been playing out in the political community.

Hank Stephenson
Katie Campbell/KJZZ
Hank Stephenson

More Stories From KJZZ

One Source, My Connection!