Arizona GOP Censures Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers

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WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Arizona GOP’s executive committee censured House Speaker Rusty Bowers for refusing to comply with his Republican colleague’s attacks on our democracy. Bowers was in the spotlight last month when he testified before the House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection that President Trump and state Republicans in Arizona had attempted to use the legislature’s power to decertify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Respecting the democratic process should be the bare minimum for elected officials, yet today’s GOP will kick you out for it. 

“In today’s Republican Party, respecting the democratic process is a punishable offense,” said DLCC vice president of communications Gabrielle Chew. “Rusty Bowers did the absolute bare minimum in standing up to his Republican colleagues who attempted to steal the 2020 presidential election, and he has now been censured for it. As Republicans pursue dangerous abortion bans, anti-LGBTQ+ bills, and assaults on our fundamental freedoms, the only thing they won’t tolerate is members who refuse to go along with their crusade to overturn a fair and free election.”

The GOP is quickly removing any lawmaker who refuses to lay the groundwork to steal another election. In Congress, Republicans removed Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position over her criticism of Trump’s attacks on a free and fair election. Rep. Cheney, along with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, were also both formally censured by the RNC in February. Nationally, 700 Republican state lawmakers aided and abetted Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election and continue normalizing anti-democratic extremism. The DLCC’s GOP of Hall of Shame: Sedition Edition tracks these lawmakers and candidates and ensures that every voter understands the GOP’s role in the insurrection and the Republican attempt to overturn free and fair elections.