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McCain campaign staffer arrested in Prescott

Blaze Lawrence Baggs
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Blaze Lawrence Baggs

PRESCOTT – Blaze L. Baggs, the field director for U.S. Senator John McCain’s re-election campaign, was arrested Feb. 23 and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly vandalizing a sign at Bucky’s Casino on the Yavapai-Prescott reservation, according to a police probable cause statement.

Baggs, 23, was booked into the Camp Verde jail after a Tribal police officer looked at security camera video and determined that Baggs was the man shown tearing down a casino shuttle sign, the statement said.

About 11:40 p.m. on Feb. 22, police said, Baggs tore down the sign and carried it around while waiting for a friend to join him.

“Once Baggs’ friend meets up with him … Baggs is then seen tossing the sign into the air causing it to land on the ground and become more damaged,” the statement said.

The officer located Baggs inside Bucky’s, where he was playing cards, shortly after midnight, and took him into custody on the misdemeanor charge. He’s been banned from Yavapai Casino property.

Baggs “will be charged federally at a later date,” the statement said, on criminal damage and theft charges.

He’s set for an appearance in Prescott Justice Court on April 4.

McCain campaign spokeswoman Lorna Romero said, ““An unfortunate action was taken by a campaign staff member a few weeks ago, which is being addressed through the judicial process. Additional disciplinary actions are being taken by the campaign.”

Follow Scott Orr on Twitter @AZNewsguy. Call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2038 or 928-642-7705.

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