Arizona GOP Election Audit Attracts Far more Republican Politicians | Arizona Information

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Three Pennsylvania lawmakers ended up in Arizona on Wednesday to check out out the state Senate GOP’s partisan audit of the 2020 election.

They are the hottest Republicans to make a pilgrimage to Phoenix, ground zero in the “stop the steal” movement’s press to locate support for conspiracy theories suggesting the election was stolen from previous President Donald Trump.

U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz cheered the audit at a rally just exterior Phoenix very last month. The subsequent day, a number of prominent Trump supporters and conspiracy promoters were being advertised as speakers at a Phoenix megachurch. Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Very pleased Boys extremist group, lately posted a brief movie of himself at the Arizona Capitol.

Political pilgrimages are almost nothing new to Arizona, wherever Republican politicians have extensive relished photograph ops in front of the Mexico border wall. But now, the draw is the Arizona Point out Fairgrounds, web site of a previous basketball arena in which a Trump supporter who has promoted election conspiracies is overseeing a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County.

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The most up-to-date readers are Pennsylvania Sens. Doug Mastriano and Cris Dush, and Rep. Rob Kauffman. They fulfilled with Arizona legislators at the Capitol in advance of touring to the audit web-site to get a briefing from the auditors.

“We’ll carry the facts again to the Senate leadership, we’ll back again-transient them on the way ahead and then with any luck , we can arrive up with an strategy here to make absolutely sure each individual particular person in Pennsylvania can relaxation confident they have one vote and it counts,” Mastriano instructed a radio host from WEEO-FM.

The Pennsylvania lawmakers and others in their delegation spent about 20 minutes on the arena flooring, where volunteers counted and photographed ballots. Doug Logan, the head of Cyber Ninjas, the firm main the audit, led them all over.

Afterward, Mastriano spoke to conservative media outlets but overlooked journalists from the Involved Press and other mainstream information resources.

Questioned by a reporter if he needs to see the Arizona audit replicated in Pennsylvania, Dush explained, “Without question. Totally.”

As Trump and his allies claimed without proof last 12 months that his Arizona decline was marred by fraud, the Arizona Senate GOP utilised its subpoena power to get entry to all ballots, counting equipment and tricky drives entire of election facts in Maricopa County, property to Phoenix and 60% of Arizona’s voters.

They handed all of it over to a team led by Cyber Ninjas, a modest consulting business with no prior election working experience for a hand recount and assessment of vote-counting equipment and info.

The effort will not modify President Joe Biden’s victory, and election specialists have pointed to key flaws in the method. But it’s grow to be a model for Republicans in other states hoping to flip up proof supporting conspiracy theories.

“It’s my belief that Arizona will be the launch pad for elections audits and election integrity initiatives all about this fantastic country,” Gaetz explained. He mentioned the swing states where Trump missing in 2020.

Greene claimed the audit was the reason she and Gaetz selected Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, for the 2nd end on their tour of The united states First rallies.

“Matt stated, ‘You been subsequent that Arizona audit?’” Greene reported. “I explained, ‘Yeah I have been pursuing it.’ He stated, ‘Lets go to Arizona.’ I claimed, ‘Count me in.’”

Mastriano has turn into a one-person power in conservative politics in Pennsylvania, main anti-mask protests final 12 months, pushing to overturn Trump’s reelection loss and displaying up outdoors the U.S. Capitol through the Jan. 6 riot.

In November, Mastriano arranged a listening to in Gettysburg that highlighted Rudy Giuliani and a cellular phone connect with overall look by Trump in which the president claimed the election was rigged and urged state lawmakers to overturn the final result.

All 3 traveling to Pennsylvania lawmakers have been among the the 64 Republican legislators who signed a letter inquiring the state’s congressional delegation to object to Pennsylvania’s electoral faculty votes currently being cast for Biden.

Affiliated Push writer Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed.

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