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County commissioner disputes constable's allegations

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A Clark County commissioner is firing back at claims she was behind the Las Vegas constable's arrest on DUI charges. John Bonaventura said Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani set him up because she's trying to push him out of office.

Giunchigliani called Bonaventura's claims "ridiculous" because she was out of the country and doesn't do business that way.

"You step up to the plate, you take responsibility. That's what I always taught my kids and that's what I would say to John Bonaventura," said Giunchigliani. "Take it. You're the one who set yourself up, so you be man enough and stand up for what you did wrong. Don't call me names as far as that's concerned."

Giunchigliani tried to keep her cool, but it's obvious she's fired up over Bonaventura's claims that she's corrupt.

"I had nothing to do with John getting stopped for a DUI," said Giunchigliani. "I didn't pour the drinks. I didn't put him in his car. I didn't tell him to be stupid and drive a vehicle that actually is a constable's vehicle. That was all his behaviors."

Last week Bonaventura said his arrest was part of a larger conspiracy.

"It's a horrible feeling," said Bonaventura. "To me, it's political corruption at its best."

"You can call me many things but do not call me corrupt," said Giunchigliani. "I may be a pain in the butt sometimes, but I am not corrupt."

The arrest came as the county is considering an ordinance to abolish the constable's office. Giunchigliani said her proposal to possibly have Metro police or a private agency take over Bonaventura's duties is just smart business. She added it would save the county money and spare them more controversy in the constable's office.

"Hopefully, his behavior gets in line," said Giunchigliani. "He will have his day in court on whether or not he was actually guilty of a DUI. That's his business not ours. It's just one more layer of problems that have occurred."

Giunchigliani had no comment on Bonaventura's $103,000 annual salary. The county commission meets Wednesday. Bonaventura said he'll be there to face his critics in person.

If the Clark County commission votes to get rid of the constable's office, it will not take effect until after Bonaventura's term is up in two years.

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