BACKGROUND: On Sunday, View reported on Arizona's splotchy political record: one governor impeached, seven state legislators accused of bribery, and a $140-million federal suit against Gov. J. Fife Symington III for his part in the alleged mismanagement of a failed savings and loan.
UPDATE: Arizona's political melodramas continue.
Tuesday it was revealed that Annette Alvarez--aide and close friend to Arizona Gov. J. Fife Symington III--accepted $8,800 from the governor's 1990 election fund to pay her delinquent taxes.
A Phoenix newspaper also has alleged a romance between the married Symington and Alvarez, whom he appointed his $60,000-a-year executive assistant for international affairs.
Now the Mesa (Ariz.) Tribune says election records show that two checks from the campaign were sent to state and federal agencies to clear liens for taxes Alvarez had not paid since 1988.