WASHINGTON — Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, continuing to claim that he has done nothing illegal, said Monday that the funds used to pay off a $350,000 campaign loan under investigation by the state attorney general came from "good money."
Mecham made his statement in brief remarks after a 50-minute meeting with Rep. John J. Rhodes III (R-Ariz.). When asked how he repaid the loan late last week, Mecham responded: "With good money."
When asked if he could be more specific, Mecham said: "No."
Later Mecham said: "The (campaign) finance committee wrote out the check and paid for it." But he did not elaborate on how the money was raised.
Mecham was in Washington to present the battleship Arizona Memorial trophy to the Navy as part of ceremonies commemorating the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.