“The evidence leads me to believe that we don’t have clear and compelling evidence to move forward at all,” said GOP Senator Vince Leach of Tucson.
The committee hearing came after an investigation by a Senate lawyer found little corroboration for some of Polloni’s complaints. But the lawyer has found support for Polloni’s claim that Rogers raised his voice and swore during a heated confrontation in his office.
Rogers was accused in January of berating Polloni, commenting on his weight and other issues. Polloni also accused the state senator of taking his things, smashing an Eagle Scout plaque and later cursing him in a fiery tirade on January 14. He was fired that day.
Polloni’s attorney, Adam Kwasman, said Tuesday’s decision was political.
“The most important part was the report, not what the ethics committee is doing with Wendy Rogers,” Kwasman said. “And the report shows wrongdoing by Wendy Rogers.”
Rogers gave a written response to the ethics committee and called the allegations “complete fabrication by a new outgoing employee who only worked one official day for the state of Arizona after the senators were sworn in. .
Rogers also said the complaint did not contain any allegation that she broke the law or violated Senate ethics rules.
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