WASHINGTON — While the Congressional January 6th Select Committee presents the findings of its 10-month investigation into the attack on our country’s capitol, at least 18 insurrectionist Republican state legislators actively hold office. These known insurrectionists along with the more than 700 Republican state lawmakers who have aided and abetted Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election are normalizing anti-democratic extremism. Just this week, insurrectionist John Block won the Republican primary for New Mexico HD-51, joining insurrectionists eyeing elected office in 2022 in states like Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Texas. Democracy is under attack in state legislatures and it’s imperative we hold the Republicans endangering it accountable.
“While the January 6th committee holds the first public hearing on its 10-month investigation into the insurrection, state Republicans are actively laying the groundwork for another one,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “There are hundreds of sitting GOP lawmakers who tarnished their office and called for their constituents’ votes to be thrown out simply because they did not like the election outcome. The Select Committee will release reports outlining the seditious acts of Republicans, and we must hold those culpable accountable by voting them out and electing state Democrats to statehouses across the country.”
Numerous state lawmakers and their actions to overturn the 2020 presidential election are being investigated by the January 6th Select Committee. So far, this has done nothing to deter the rise of anti-democratic Republicans now running for office or vying for a higher elected post. Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano helped bus people into D.C. on January 6th and was formally subpoenaed by the bipartisan January 6th committee for his involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Last month, he won the Republican nomination for governor. In Maryland, state Delegate Dan Cox, who also helped bus rioters into D.C. for the insurrection, is mounting a competitive challenge vying for the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee. In Arizona, Representative Mark Finchem, who was outside the Capitol on January 6th, is a leading candidate for secretary of state in Arizona.