Liz Harris, a Republican state representative, was voted out of office by the Arizona state legislature on Wednesday in a bipartisan vote due to alleged ethics violations.
According to a report from the state House, Harris violated the ethical code by allowing conspiracy theorist Jacqueline Breger to make unfounded assertions on the floor of the house during a joint committee meeting in February, according to AZ Family. Breger said that well-known politicians, such as Democratic Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and state House Speaker Ben Toma, had accepted kickbacks from Mexican drug gangs.
According to the site, the House Ethics Committee found that Harris had also misled about not knowing Breger would make the allegations she did. In a video sent to Twitter, Harris can be seen departing the room after the expulsion vote. There is a voice screaming, “Shame on you! I feel terrible embarrassment.
According to the site, Democratic state representative Stephanie Stahl Hamilton claimed she complained about Harris on March 6 because she thought the latter’s alleged activities endangered Arizona’s democracy. Stahl Hamilton remarked, “I could have predicted it would be this way. However, you simply never know.
Guests who entered the room and instantly questioned leadership, she added, according to the publication. Judges who are currently sitting in court, our governor, secretary of state, house speaker, and the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You shouldn’t take those accusations lightly.
As she exited the state house, Harris disputed the claims made in the report and remarked, “God knows the truth.”
“Honesty and integrity are my pillars. The report is false,” she reportedly told reporters outside the structure. “God is aware of reality. This served as an illustration of the importance to follow the rules. What happens if you don’t follow the rules is this.
According to the source, the committee determined that Harris had broken the first House rule, which forbids disruptive behavior that compromises the chamber’s institutional integrity.
The 60 House members will decide whether Harris receives any punishment, according to the outlet. She was either to be kicked from the Election Committee or permanently expelled, according to Stahl Hamilton.
Following the expulsion, the Arizona House Democrats referred to the expulsion as “sad” but “necessary” in a statement.
“For our institution, today is a terrible day. But today is an important day. Real harm has been done to the reputations and lives of those who did not deserve it. The integrity of this House has been compromised, which is most vital, according to the statement.
Following the massacre at the Covenant School in Nashville, the Tennessee state House recently moved to dismiss two of the three members who joined an irate crowd of gun control demonstrators inside the chamber. Since then, the Nashville council has decided to bring the members back.