by Dan Gibson
"If you're going to beat your wife, at least have the decency to do it at home." — Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, speaking at a Valley Leadership forum. He was reacting to Peoria Sen. Scott Bundgaard's resignation following two days of ethics hearings.
I've been trying to figure out some way that this quote could have been taken out of context, but I'm drawing a blank. Crandall apologized in an email to his "friends and colleagues," according to Talking Points Memo reporter/former Arizonan Nick Martin, but that apology didn't make it to his Twitter, Facebook or web pages last I checked, so his effort to fix the PR disaster of seeming to endorse private domestic abuse seems unfortunately limited.
Even worse, Crandall is listed as being on the board of directors of A New Leaf, an organization that describes itself as "changing lives for nearly 40 years with over 25 programs Valley wide including homeless and domestic violence shelters, youth and community programs." You should know better, Sen. Crandall. It didn't matter where the former Sen. Bundgaard assaulted his girlfriend, the issue was that he did it at all. Pardon me if I don't take Crandall at his word that the joke was just "tasteless and juvenile," that I assume for now that the joke was a sign of his larger perception of women.