Ducey Staff Ducks Out On Mexico Bill

Inauguration of Governor Claudia Pavlovich.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and his staff nearly caused an international incident this weekend when one of Ducey’s crew skipped out on a hotel tab while in Mexico for the swearing in of the newly elected Governor of the State of Sonora. Fortunately for Ducey, an Arizona businessman intervened and picked up the 230 peso tab, sparing both the poor waiter, and the State of Arizona.


While 230 pesos comes to a mere $17, the poor Mexican waiter would have lost his job if the bill had remained unpaid.

While the theft of services was reported to Mexican authorities, hotel staff hoping to avoid an international incident, went hunting for the governor’s man before the federales arrived at the hotel. According to witnesses, during that search, staff asked a wealthy Arizona businessman if he might know where the dine-and-dasher had gone to. Recognizing that the situation would be damaging to his home state and devastating to the hard-strapped waiter, the businessman paid the bill. The federales were called off.

An investigation by the ADI revealed that Ducey had planned to ignore the historic swearing in of the first female governor of the Mexican state that shares a border with Arizona, but shoved aside Secretary of State Michelle Reagan at the last minute in order to grab a quick photo-op with governor Claudia Pavlovich.

Reagan had purchased a gift for Pavlovich, arranged meetings with her counterpart and other business and government officials, and reserved the governor’s plane for the inaugural activities. Forcing Reagan off the governor’s plane, Ducey flew in and flew out of Mexico just long enough for staff to run up a tab and take a few snap shots on iphones.

As Treasurer, Ducey enjoyed a reputation for his commitment to fiscal responsibility, however, the pressures of his new office have him changing course. His recent decision to raid the State Land Trust fund has pleased some in the chambers of commerce and displeased more conservative deep pockets. Many say the failure of his staff to pay their bill in Mexico is in keeping with the governor’s new attitude toward spending and debt.

Still other say that because the small statured governor and his team is more focused on either feuding with or undercutting his fellow Republican state officials, they continue to make sloppy mistakes.

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  1. Agree with Shad .. We’ve got a governor that is addressing the long ignored structural deficit. Caught & stopped Pima and Pinal County from passing the excess of the primary tax cap on the the rest of the state. GAO in 2010 reported Arizona, all jurisdictions, showed 66 billion in debt and unfunded liability & suggested the it would take a 12% cut in spending or tax increase for the next 43 years to dig ourselves out. Cities, towns & counties need to take heed and here we go with an $816 million bond initiative. Maricopa and turned to a pay as you go policy and built over $1 billion in infrastructure improvements, saving the taxpayers over $300 million in interest. Wake up Pima.

  2. Should have let federales arrest them. International incident, my behind.

    It Luke Sheriff Joe Arapio who think they are beyond the law and do not have to follow the Law.

    Jail in Mexico there a fine idea for Ducey staffers.

  3. The way this article is written is one of the reasons I find the ADI so tedious to read.
    It starts out claiming that “…Ducey and his staff nearly caused an international incident this weekend” when on of the governor’s staffers supposedly stiffed a waiter over a 230 peso tab.
    Talk about hyperbole.
    Not excusing the stiffing of the poor waiter by some “staffer” but 230 pesos is only $13.80 USD at today’s exchange rate. Most likely not something that would cause “an international incident” and surely not a reflection of the governor in the guilt by association storyline so common in many ADI articles.
    But then the article swerves off from the opening topic to than fret over the wavering of the governor on going to the swearing in ceremony for the new governor of Sonora as though this is some example of a nefarious elbowing of the Arizona Secretary of State for some “quick photo-op”.
    However, the article is not done yet in its topic mutation. It then turns to the governor’s “recent decision to raid the State Trust fund.”
    The article then tries to tie all of this together by making some connections, of course by those anonymous “many” and “other” between the paltry unpaid hotel tab of some staffer, the diplomatically courteous attendance to a neighboring governor’s swearing in, and “the governor’s new attitude towards spending and debt” and “feuding with or undercutting his fellow Republican state officials.”
    Frankly, some of these ADI articles seem as though they are written by liberal plants to constantly fine any little issues to divide Republicans because this article really contorts a small unpaid hotel tab to hang a lot of attack the governor talking points.

  4. Looks like whatever the staffer left didn’t include a tip or perhaps the tip is included in the bill. Whatever doesn’t paint a pretty picture of Arizona.

    • And the millions of Mexicans who have fled poverty in Mexico thanks to a government unwilling to help its poor, doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the entire country of Mexico. This only reflects on Ducey. The man apparently doesn’t pay his bills.

  5. It’s getting to be a daily regret pulling the lever for this ass and the other ass Douglas.
    Arrogant Napoleon

  6. It was a decent thing that the business man did for the waiter. Electing the douche was another huge stupid mistake the votes in Arizona made. Just another example of why I say ALL politicians are their immediate staff are lying thieves.

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