Arizona GOP Censures State House Speaker Over Jan. 6 Testimony

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Gage Skidmore Flickr.

On Tuesday, the Arizona GOP executive committee censured state House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers and called for voters to replace him at the ballot box following his testimony to the House Jan. 6th panel.

The Hill reports:

Among the reasons to vote Bowers out of office, the release listed “giving tax-payer funded in-state tuition to illegal aliens at our state universities”; “killing a bill to permanently reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance in our children’s schools”; and sponsoring “one of the most horrific attacks on the Republican Party” with a bill that designated sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

Bowers was also flagged for being the only Republican to oppose a bill to establish a gender binary in government documents.

The Arizona GOP also claimed that Bowers killed “all meaningful election integrity bills.” In February, Bowers opposed a bill that would allow the state legislature to reject election results and another that would eliminate early voting.

In a tweet confirming Bowers’s censure, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, a former state senator, said “he is no longer a Republican in good standing.”

Bowers is making a bid for the state Senate in this year’s midterms. Donald Trump endorsed his opponent following his testimony.

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4 months ago

Bowers is a faux Republican. Not even a RINO.

Philip Byler
Philip Byler
4 months ago

Good for the Arizona GOP Executive Committee. Bowers is a RINO.

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