Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin says Arizona AG Mark Brnovich has gone rogue
May 9, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 2:43 pm
(Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Photo, Facebook Photo/Attorney General Mark Brnovich)
PHOENIX — Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin said last week that Mark Brnovich has gone rogue after the Republican state attorney general released an interim report of his investigation of the 2020 election that raised concerns about procedures.
The comments come after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday published a nine-page letter rejecting claims made by Brnovich, who is also running for U.S. Senate.
“This is the same election that he certified, that he had no problem with until recently when he decided to run for another office,” Galvin, a Republican, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show on Thursday.
“So when an attorney general has gone rogue, I think it’s important to call him out on it.”
The report, sent to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on April 6, alleged his investigation uncovered “serious vulnerabilities” regarding election procedures. However, the report provided no evidence the election in Maricopa County was altered by widespread fraud.
The board said Brnovich in the report to Fann “omitted pertinent information, misrepresented facts and cited distorted data to seed doubt about the conduct of elections in Maricopa County.”
Brnovich responded to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ criticism in a video where he cited issues raised in the report and said the supervisors should address those concerns instead of attacking him.
Galvin, who was appointed to the board in December after Steve Chucri’s resignation went into effect a month prior, said this is not the Brnovich he voted for.
“It’s just a sad thing to see over the last year or so that he’s going to risk his reputation and he’s going to risk everything that he’s done good in his office for absolutely nothing,” he said.
“If you’re going to open up a criminal investigation, you don’t do things like issue a quote-unquote interim report. You don’t go on Twitter and make these cheeky videos. You don’t go on a crazy podcast with conspiracy theorists. This is a serious job as attorney general of the state of Arizona, you’re the top law enforcement official of the state. So act like it.”
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors at the end of the letter responding to Brnovich said his concerns have been addressed and asked him to correct the record.
“He has to search his conscience inside and decide whether or not if he’s going to stick to these crazy theories,” Galvin said.
“If he continues to do this, he’s going to be held accountable either by voters in a primary or general election.”
Galvin added that while he wasn’t part of the 2020 election, he understood the county did a great job of running elections and that Maricopa County has been the gold standard.
“We should be holding up the county as an exemplar of good ways to run elections to the rest of the country,” he said. “But instead our own Arizona elected officials have turned our state and our county into a laughing stock.
“When you’re kicking and dragging your own state and your own people, that’s just ridiculous.”