You would think that the City Council members in Tucson—especially those who are up for re-election—would really be watching their p’s and q’s more than ever after the Rio Nuevo debacle.
Council Member Shirley Scott must have forgotten that she is up for re-election. Or maybe she just felt that she did not owe the citizens of Tucson any explanation when she voted on a land deal directly tied to her Campaign Chairperson, instead of recusing herself. Lawrence Hecker, who is listed on her paperwork as Campaign Chairperson (filed with the City of Tucson as of January 11th, 2011) is the very same Larry Hecker who is the legal representative for Gadsden Company. Gadsden sent a letter to Councilwoman Scott advising her that a “Yes” vote would be a win-win for everyone. Councilwoman Scott voted “Yes” to the deal at the March 22nd, 2011 City Council meeting.
You can read more about the land flip deal here: Controversial flip is advanced on a unanimous vote
And see where she was caught here: Can you say… conflict?
Voters will have the chance to decide soon if this type of behavior from their elected officials is acceptable or if they will clean house.