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Organizations call for expulsion of several Arizona GOP lawmakers

Jan 8, 2021, 4:55 AM | Updated: 2:56 pm
Arizona Capitol. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)...
Arizona Capitol. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
(Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

PHOENIX – A coalition of community organizations has called for the expulsion of several Republican lawmakers before Arizona’s legislative session begins next Tuesday, as a result of the chaos at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The groups are calling for Kelly Townsend, Mark Finchem, Wendy Rogers, Sonny Borrelli, David Cook, Walt Blackman and David Livingston be removed because they publicly advocated the overturning of the 2020 election results.

Jenny Guzman with Progress Arizona, one of the ten organizations calling for their removal, told KTAR News 92.3 FM their support of baseless election fraud conspiracy theories contradicts their soon to be taken oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

“We know that these legislators are not actually serving their constitutes they are just trying to get their own sort of clout,” Guzman said.

Several lawsuits claiming election fraud in Arizona were taken to court, including one that reached the Arizona Supreme Court but all were tossed for lack of evidence.

Guzman added the lawmakers are only interested in themselves and claimed it was evident by their social media posts and the events they attended.

She also claimed the legislators’ public support of overturning the election enabled the insurrection on Capitol Hill.

If they are not removed, the coalition asks Senate President Karen Fann and House Speaker Rusty Bowers to bar them from leadership roles, including committee chairmanships.

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Organizations call for expulsion of several Arizona GOP lawmakers