Judge Orders Opening of Court Records of Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Ruben Gallego’s Divorce Case

An Arizona judge ordered the divorce case between Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-03) and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to be partially unsealed, ruling the decision to permanently make the proceedings private was improper, the conservative media outlet behind the legal action to reveal the divorce records reported Friday.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper ruled last Tuesday that the decision to seal the records in the 2017 divorce case of Ruben Gallego, the likely Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, was improper.

Ruben Gallego was given 15 days to propose specific redactions to the divorce records, and the outlet reported, “The judge indicated that he had reviewed the file and did not believe that much if any of its contents should remain private.”

The Free Beacon reported that it argued, “the unsealing of the divorce records is in the public interest given that Gallego and his wife both currently hold public office and that Gallego, who is running in what is likely to be one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the cycle, is seeking a promotion.”

The Democrat and his wife, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, separated in 2016. Kate Gallego was reportedly nine months pregnant with Ruben Gallego’s child when the couple announced their split on December 21, 2016.

An ad detailing the circumstances of Ruben Gallego’s breakup was released by the influential National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) last November, with the commercial characterizing the Democrat as a “deadbeat dad” who “abandoned his wife when she was nearly nine months pregnant, then married a D.C. lobbyist.”

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