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Public Records Show AZ Supreme Court Justice Texted Gov. Ducey About U.S. Senate Appointment

Clint Bolick
Clint Bolick at an event in Tempe, Arizona.

When it was publicly announced that Sen. John McCain had a severe form of cancer — glioblastoma — speculation began on who could possibly be appointed to McCain’s seat, if he were to pass away before the end of his term.

Gov. Doug Ducey publicly made it clear that anyone who lobbied for themselves would be disqualified. But it was apparently acceptable for others to lobby on someone's behalf.

Thanks to public records searching, Phoenix New Times has discovered that Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick exchanged messages with Gov. Ducey advocating for the appointment of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the senate seat.

Joe Flaherty did the reporting for New Times and he joined The Show to talk about it.


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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.