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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Explaining Tuesday why he refused to succumb to a months-long pressure campaign by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers -- a longtime Republican who voted for Trump and has said he would again -- told the House committee investigating Jan. 6 that, "I do not want to be a winner by cheating."

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"Bowers was the first of several witnesses at Tuesday's hearing to detail efforts by Trump and his inner circle to undo the former president's 2020 election loss by pressuring state officials to subvert the will of the voters and put forward false slates of electors.

Bowers stood firm throughout. After his calls with Trump and Giuliani, he said Tuesday, Trump lawyer John Eastman phoned and again asked him to "take a vote ... to decertify [Biden's] electors." And again, Bowers refused.

"You're asking me to do something that's never been done in the history of the United States and ... put my state through that without sufficient proof?" Bowers objected.

"Just do it and have the court sort it out," was how Bowers characterized Eastman's response."

Despite such personal blowback, Bowers went on to use an unusual parliamentary maneuver in January 2022 to kill a bill that would have overhauled elections in Arizona, giving the state Legislature the power to reject election results.

A few months later, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation named him as one of five recipients of its annual Profile in Courage Award.

"I am very grateful for this honor yet cannot help but feel undeserving of it," Bowers said in a statement. "Honoring my oath and the people's choices at the ballot box are not heroic acts " they are the least that Arizonans should expect from the people elected to serve them."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-21 11:46 PM | Reply

Wow, a gopper that isn't a traitor.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2022-06-22 01:38 AM | Reply

Spent decades in AZ, got to know the place and its peoples pretty well, and Bowers comes across to me as real old-school LDS. Trump and those thinking like him completely misjudged the guy. They saw another coconspirator or mark; for Bowers, it looks like this became a test of personal faith. Oops.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-22 07:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow, a gopper that isn't a traitor.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2022-06-22 01:38 AM | Reply | Flag

They're almost extinct.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-06-22 07:56 AM | Reply

"old-school LDS"

I knew a couple of kids like that growing up.

they wouldn't even drink caffine.

I was in awe and a bit creeped out by them.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-22 08:46 PM | Reply

He is LDS. For some reason, Mormons seem to be way less keen on Trump than the rest of the religious-right.

It's probably because Trump is a wretched human being.

#6 | Posted by anton at 2022-06-22 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yep.... moral values appear to mean more to the LDS than to the Evangels.

Bet they would hate for that to become a meme.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-22 08:50 PM | Reply

#7 Ha. Yes they would. These are the same jerks who call the LDS a "cult" and ignore the cultish nature of their own organizations.

#8 | Posted by anton at 2022-06-22 09:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In other news, he'd still vote for Trump in the general.

Weird.

#9 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-06-22 09:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Arizona GOP Speaker: 'I do not want to be a winner by cheating'

He's been voting for the party that has been trying to prevent black people from voting for decades. He's FINE with winning by cheating. He just didn't want the focus to be on HIM.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-06-22 09:23 PM | Reply

IMO, Bowers could hardly have been presented with a more clearcut test of his faith. A bunch of fast-talking, sleazy gentiles tempting him in ways that call for him to either stand with or against what he believes to be the Word of God? I mean, Rudy Giuliani, of all people? This was the test the guy's been preparing for most of his life. Batter ... up!

#11 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-23 05:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That said, Bowers isn't a hero. He did the bare minimum. Helluva thing, when just doing your job is above-and-beyond behavior in the Gawdawful Old Party.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-23 06:14 AM | Reply

Doc within the scope of his normal powers what could Bowers have done that he didn't?

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-23 07:18 PM | Reply

TOR
I think he did what he was supposed to do. Which is good. Just a heckuva thing when that's perceived as extraordinary.

#14 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-23 07:38 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by Mao_Content

D**n, back in fine form, I see.

#15 | Posted by et_al at 2022-06-24 03:06 AM | Reply

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