Arizona House Speaker Who Testified To Jan. 6 Committee Loses To Trump-Backed Challenger

WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers gives testimony as the House Jan. 6 select committee holds its fourth public hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Jabin Botsford/The Washingt... WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers gives testimony as the House Jan. 6 select committee holds its fourth public hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) on Wednesday lost his bid in the state Senate GOP primary to former state Sen. David Farnsworth, who gained the endorsement of former President Trump. Bowers’ defeat comes months after he testified publicly before the Jan. 6 Select Committee about Trump’s efforts to pressure him into subverting Arizona’s 2020 presidential election results.

Bowers has faced backlash from fellow Republicans in the aftermath of his public testimony to the committee in June. Bowers testified about his interactions with White House advisors and lawyers as they tried to toss out the election results, which included detailing his conversations with Trump himself and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Bowers refused to carry out Trump’s request for him to replace Arizona’s electors with fake ones to falsely declare Trump’s victory in the battleground state.

In his testimony before the Jan. 6 Committee, Bowers pushed back on Trump’s bogus claims of election fraud, saying that Trump’s team failed to provide substantial evidence to back up their claims. Bowers recalled a conversation he had with Giuliani, who he said told him, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

Trump-backed Farnsworth was an early supporter of Trump’s election lie and of a partisan “audit” led by Arizona GOP Senate leaders that took shape after Biden was sworn in.

Prior to his defeat, Bowers made clear that he has disavowed the former president, telling ABC News in an interview that aired Sunday that he will not vote for Trump again if he were to launch a re-election bid in 2024.

“The idea of throwing out the election of the president is like, OK, so what part of Jupiter do I get to land on and colonize?” Bowers said in an interview with ABC News.

Bowers, whom Trump attacked after his testimony, said he believes the former president lacks courage.

“I have thought at times someone born how he was and raised how he was, he has no idea what a hard life is, and what people have to go through in the real world,” Bowers said. “He has no idea what courage is.”

Bowers also criticized Republicans who continue to boost Trump’s election fraud falsehoods, saying they are ruled by “thuggery and intimidation.”

“So, you know, they, they found a niche, they found a way and it’s fear. And people can use fear, demagogues like to use fears as a weapon. And they weaponize everything,” Bowers said. “That’s not leadership to me to use thuggery.”

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  1. Avatar for daled daled says:

    Not that I would vote for him (were I able), but I wonder if he could mount a campaign to get on the November ballot as an independent???

  2. If Fransworth was a manly man would he be a Trump backed jerk?

  3. Avatar for jpc jpc says:

    “Honest” politicians who happen to be members of the Republican Party should expect nothing else. What did he think was going to happen? The vast majority of the people supporting the Republicans have sipped the Kool-Aid, and to change now would be to admit they are/were wrong. They are fearful and believe the lies that have been spewed in the media to keep them as the aggrieved Republican voting base. The old Party is dead and has been replaced with operators who are without morals or consciences. New flash: your party has been deceiving you intentionally for decades. Welcome to reality. Now, what say you?

  4. The fever is still raging in quite a few places, but I think bringing a basket of deplorables into November will backfire. If that strange “senator” will vote the right way on the big bill I think the Dems could really pile up some momentum. One thing that and the Treason Party’s own-goal on the veterans bill are doing is really waking people up to the agenda of the haters, which is “pain and suffering for all.” I think some of the usual sit out the election suspects are starting to take notice.

  5. “In his testimony before the Jan. 6 Committee, Bowers pushed back on Trump’s bogus claims of election fraud, saying that Trump’s team failed to provide substantial evidence to back up their claims.”

    Republican Cult to Bowers: “How DARE you speak the truth?!”

    Abe Lincoln vomits in his grave.

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