WASHINGTON — Most Republican elected officials in Arizona’s Maricopa County sharply criticized the Senate GOP’s deeply biased election “audit,” calling on them to step in and stop what they described as a “con.” A spate of recent reporting has identified serious deficiencies in the effort, with poor training, lack of transparency, and pursuit of wild conspiracy theories. A growing number of Republicans in Arizona have started worrying about unintended consequences from the wild goose chase.
“This ridiculous ‘fraudit’ should have never been authorized to begin with, so the least the Arizona GOP can do is step in and stop it before it causes lasting damage to our democracy,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Two professional, independent investigations already confirmed the election result, but Karen Fann and every Arizona Senate Republican can’t seem to let the ‘Big Lie’ go. They’re wasting taxpayer resources and are insulting their constituents by entertaining this ridiculous fantasy.”
The Maricopa County recorder and board of supervisors detailed a long list of deficiencies with the “audit,” including a poor understanding of proper procedures and sheer incompetence on the part of the so-called investigators.
Washington Post: ‘Our democracy is imperiled’: Maricopa County officials decry 2020 recount as a sham and call on Arizona Republicans to end the process
The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday denounced an ongoing audit of the 2020 election vote as a “sham” and a “con,” calling on the GOP-led state Senate to end the controversial recount that has been championed by former president Donald Trump.
In a fiery public meeting and subsequent letter to state Senate President Karen Fann, the board members said the audit has been inept, promoted falsehoods and defamed the public servants who ran the fall election.
Calling the process a “spectacle that is harming all of us,” the five members of the board — including four Republicans — asked the state Senate to recognize that it is essential to call off the audit, which officials have said is only about one-quarter complete.