Confluence partner has colorful history

Tséyi' Bureau

CHINLE, April 17, 2012

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T he man behind plans for a huge resort at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers may not be familiar to most Navajos, but he's well known in his home community of Scottsdale, Ariz.


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Lamar Whitmer, 56, of Fulcrum Group and Confluence Partners LLC, is a close advisor to Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and a regular at Scottsdale City Council meetings.

He was accused by local newspaper columnist Robert Leger a few years back of using public comment time at the meetings for "over-the-top" attacks against politicians who didn't share his views.

Whitmer, a political consultant, is perhaps best known for helping the city's strip clubs overturn legislation that would have banned lap dances in 2006. One of those clubs, Skin, is owned by Todd Borowsky - brother to city councilwoman Lisa Borowsky and son of Arizona Snowbowl ski resort owner Eric Borowsky.

Whitmer's ZoomInfo account listed him as treasurer of the Snowbowl in 2006.

Back in 1991, Whitmer made headlines when he was accused of pocketing $40,000 in per diem expenses in one year as head of the Maricopa County Sports Authority.

During his 1993 trial, his attorney argued that the authority's bylaws allowed the chairman to collect the expenses. Whitmer was acquitted and called the charges "political."

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