Arizona House speaker faces voters for rejecting Trump plea

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Arizona House faced voters Tuesday and the anger of supporters of former President Donald Trump after he rejected pleas to help reverse the 2020 election results and Testified before Congress about the efforts.

Speaker Rusty Bowers is trying to move to the state Senate because of term limits and facing an opponent who criticizes Trump for refusing to help or going through with a controversial 2021 “audit” that Commissioned by Republican leaders in the Senate.

Bowers faces an uphill battle in the eastern Phoenix suburb of Mesa, especially after the state Republican Party condemned him after his June testimony before a panel investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress and Trump. supported his rival, former State Sen. David Farnsworth. ,

“I am well aware that I have extreme distrust,” Bowers told the Associated Press. “My district is a very Trump district, and who knows how it will all work out.

“And if it doesn’t work out, great, I’ll do it that way again,” Bowers said.

Trump pressured Bowers to help her plan to convert voters committed to now-President Joe Biden during a phone call after Trump lost the 2020 election. Bowers refused.

Bowers insisted on looking into evidence of Trump’s voter fraud, which he said Trump’s team never produced beyond vague allegations. He recalled that Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, later told him, “We have too many theories, we don’t have evidence.”

Bowers is a conservative Republican, but Farnsworth said he is not conservative enough and has fallen short since becoming speaker after the 2018 elections.

“Of course, the bigger issue, I think, for everyone is the fact that I firmly believe there was fraud in the 2020 election,” Farnsworth said in an interview last week. “And I think Rusty failed…. to take responsibility as Speaker of the House and watch that election happen.”

The Farnsworth-Bowers fight is one of several breweries involving current or former Arizona lawmakers.

The redistribution put two pro-Trump state senators, Kelly Townsend and Wendy Rogers, in the same district. There have been bitter allegations in that race as Rogers has repeatedly faced accusations of morality for his provocative rhetoric, his endorsement of white supremacists, and conspiracy-theory-filled tweets.

Townsend said he was forced to run against Rogers when he refused to refute white nationalism after speaking at a convention in Florida in February.

“If I didn’t run up to him and he didn’t make a statement, win, lose or draw, his actions would have been ours,” Townsend said on Monday. “It spoils the whole (Republican) party.”

Rogers has earned a national following, raising a whopping $3 million from donors nationwide since taking office in early 2021. Townsend had raised about $15,000, which was too typical for a state legislative race.

In the West Phoenix suburbs, former Representative Anthony Kern, who attended Trump’s January 6 US Capitol rally that led to an assault on Congress and unsuccessfully sued Democrats, who asked the Justice Department to investigate him, told the Legislature. Asking to return. He lost in his 2020 House primary and is now aiming for a Senate seat.

Also trying to make a political comeback is former Representative Steve Montenegro, whose 2018 run for Congress was marred by a sexting scandal. He is one of four Republicans running in the West Phoenix House District for two Open House seats.

Democratic Reps Diego Espinoza and Richard Andrade go head to head in the western Phoenix suburbs after being pulled into the same district. and Sen. Lela Alston, considered the most experienced lawmaker in the Legislature, is facing two challenges in her central Phoenix district. One of them, political unknown Al Jones, has attracted attention by buying billboards across the city.

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