Tom O'Halleran Calls on Speaker Gowan to Reimburse Chauffeur's Salary

Sedona, AZ – Today Tom O'Halleran released the following statement about Speaker David Gowan's ongoing refusal to reimburse taxpayers for the use of a taxpayer funded chauffeur for campaign purposes:

"Speaker Gowan accepted $10,000 in taxpayer money to which he was not entitled. He hired his friend to be sergeant-at-arms at an $80,000 annual salary--a great deal more than the previous person earned in that job. This friend drives him to campaign events. It is past time for Speaker Gowan to accept responsibility for his actions and offer Arizona more than excuses. His campaign should reimburse the State for the cost of his driver when he was doing campaign work. Arizona voters deserve a Congressman focused on solving problems and helping Arizona families, not one who makes excuses and uses our tax dollars to fund his campaign."


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Living in Arizona’s First District for over two decades, Tom has committed himself to improving the lives of others. In 1966 he joined the Chicago Police Department where he was an officer and one of the youngest homicide investigators in the city’s history. In 1979 Tom became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) where he opened up his own business and served two terms on the board of directors. Tom is a past member of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse, Arizona, and was a founding member of Arizona’s Children’s Caucus at the legislature. Tom continued his commitment to public service during his eight years in the Arizona legislature where he built a reputation for taking on tough challenges despite the political consequences. After serving his constituents in the legislature, Tom maintained his commitment to protecting Arizona’s natural beauty as the President of Keep Sedona Beautiful and as a Chairperson on the Verde River Basin Partnership.


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