Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham (R), facing possible indictment and a recall election, has repaid the remainder of a $350,000 campaign loan that led to a grand jury investigation. Tempe developer Barry Wolfson came to the state capitol to show reporters a check for $157,102 from the Mecham for Governor Committee that was signed by the governor's brother and campaign treasurer, Willard Mecham.
Although, a statewide grand jury was discharged two weeks ago without handing up any indictments after hearing testimony from Mecham administration figures and campaign officials, two new grand juries will be impaneled to continue an investigation into allegations that Mecham failed to report the loan properly, state prosecutors said last week. The governor amended his financial disclosure statements last month, saying he had made an "honest mistake."
Meanwhile, a fund-raising letter, signed by the governor and mailed by the Mecham Finance Committee, warned: "Those who want to negate last year's election have been very, very busy. We have done all we can and will do much more if you come to my rescue, get the debts paid off and get ready to win a recall election . . . . " The letter urged people to send whatever they could afford: "The need is urgent."