I've been holding off any major Bundgaard posts. On March 7th, I wrote a post called "Take a Deep Breath" in which I pointed out the Legislative Democrats have no credibility on the Bundgaard case because they've ignored Representative Daniel Patterson's transgressions.
While I suggested that we need to wait for the final police report, I pointed out some obvious facts. I predicted that Bundgaard would lose his Majority leader seat--which happened about a week later. I pointed out the obvious fact that his Congressional aspirations are over. And I predicted that Bundgaard wouldn't be re-elected to the Senate because Jack Harper would take him out.
Well, two facts were released today that make it unlikely that Bundgaard will even finish his current term. The Republic is reporting that the police are recommending that he be charged with assault.
That's certainly fatal to Bundgaard's career, but he might be able to finish his current term if he gets charged.
However, this report from a witness will get Bundgaard kicked out of the Senate.
Also in the report, a witness told officers she saw a male trying to pull somebody out of the passenger side of the vehicle. "She said, 'He was beatin' the living crap out of whoever was in the passenger seat'," the report says.
So far, it's been "he said/she said". Bundgaard has been described as a victim; he's changed his story half a dozen times; he's claimed that Ballard was reaching for a gun and his caucus has been taking a wait and see attitude.
Now we have a witness who reports that Bundgaard was "beating the living crap" out of Ballard. It's over. The witness report conflicts with Bundgaard's stories. He asked the caucus to hold off judgment and he has made fools of them. Naturally all of the Democrats would vote to remove him from office. It's likely that 11 Republicans would round out the two thirds of the Senate that it takes to remove him. And no Republican is going to defend him once it's clear that he's going to be removed...so it's going to be nearly unanimous...which means he either resigns or forces the caucus to vote him out. The former would be smarter, but seeing how this thing has been handled, I would gamble on the latter.
The caucus will act quickly. After all, the last lesson is still fresh--the Republican caucus eventually removed Bundgaard from his Majority Leader post, but they waited until they had been pummelled for weeks. There's no sense in supporting Bundgaard for a few more weeks only to decide to remove him later.
If he has any class at all, he will poll the caucus today and clean out his office over the weekend.
But that's the key question isn't it...does Scott have any class at all?