Help Us Recall Rusty Bowers!
Dec. 6, 2020 – Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers refused to convene a special session to audit the election for suspected fraud, stating “even if such evidence existed!”
Feb. 11, 2021 – Recall petition filed against Arizona Representative Rusty Bowers.
Feb. 23, 2021 – Bowers voted to restrict recalls in Arizona! (HB 2308)
Mar. 31, 2021 – Bowers blocks legislation to require Voter ID for mail-in ballots! (SB 1713)
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1. Why should Representative Rusty Bowers be recalled?
- Rusty Bowers is the Speaker of the House and has betrayed the trust of his constituents and the state, and put them in harms way.
- Bowers refused to consider switching out slate of electors, “even if such evidence [of fraud] existed,” with the 2020 Presidential election that has been under intense dispute. (Speaker Bowers Press Release – Dec. 4, 2020)
- Bowers sponsored legislation FOUR times to allow sex offenders to be taken off of the sex offender registry. (2018 – HB 2309; 2019 – HB 2613; 2020 – HB 2807 & 2021 – HB 2674)
- Bowers voted for legislation to silence citizens and support corruption by making recalls harder and forcing citizens to give their private information exposing them to threats and intimidation for speaking out. (2021 -HB 2308)
- Bowers voted to increase taxes on our fuel (2020 – HB 2899), our healthcare (2020 – HB 2668), and other items.
- Speaker of the House Rep. Bowers is blocking critical election integrity legislation to require mail-in ballots to provide an ID. (2021 – SB 1713)
Q2. Why do a recall?
There are three main advantages to a recall and removing Rep. Bowers from office early.
First, by removing the Speaker of the House, it sends a clear message to all legislators that this sort of behavior has political consequences.
Second, by removing Speaker Bowers from office before the end of his term, it creates a legislative leadership vacancy and creates an opportunity for an existing Representative to move into that position.
Third, pending that Rep. Bowers doesn’t resign, it allows for a special election to be held and for a true Conservative to be elected for the remainder of his term in office.
Q3. What’s the process for a recall?
Under Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 19-201, every public officer is subject to recall, but in order to be recalled, petitioners must collect a number of registered voter signatures equal to 25% of the number of votes cast in the last preceding general election from the district of the public officer being recalled divided by the number of offices in that district.
On the 2020 General Election, there were 178,641 ballots cast in Arizona Legislative District 25 among two different public offices, both State Senator and Representative.
Therefore, according to A.R.S. § 19-201, in order to recall Representative Rusty Bowers we’ll have to collect 22,331 signatures of registered voters in Arizona Legislative District 25.
Q4. What advantages are there to recalling Representative Rusty Bowers over other Arizona public officials?
Representative Rusty Bowers is the current Arizona Speaker of the House, but legally is only considered the Representative of District 25. That means Rusty Bowers has a significantly greater political impact than recalling almost any other Arizona public officer, short of the Governor or Senate President, but legally only requires the same amount of signatures as any other Representative within their respective Districts, a fraction of what it takes to recall a Governor – over 500,000 to recall the Arizona Governor compared to 22,331 to recall the Speaker of the House.
Nationally, there are only 50 State Speaker’s of the House and has almost the same equivalent impact as recalling a Governor, and in Arizona, which was a Presidential swing/battleground state in both 2016 & 2020, it may be one of the contributing factors in determining our next President of the United States.
Within Arizona, the removal of the Arizona Speaker of the House creates a leadership vacuum within the state legislature, forcing an internal legislative election creating an opportunity for a conservative legislator who will stand up for election integrity. In addition, it will force a special election for District 25, allowing a new conservative representative to be elected.
Finally – these types of political upsets often result in shockwaves to other surrounding states, which will help shift the political landscape in the southwest region of the United States.
Q5. Could a recall effort against Rusty Bowers endanger a Republican majority?
No, political experts agree that this is an extremely unlikely possibility.
In Legislative District 25, there are almost 2 times as many registered Republicans as Democrats (AZ Sec. of State Voter Registration Report), and Republicans have solidly won both seats in the House of Representatives for the District for over a decade now. (AZ Sec. of State Election History)
As Representative John Fillmore aptly stated, “If Rusty is recalled he would be replaced by another Republican from his District. The numbers are NOT THERE to even allow a Democrat a chance.” (Rep. Fillmore – Screenshot)
Q6. What happens if Rep. Bowers resigns?
According to state law (ARS § 16-230), “the governor shall appoint a person of the same political party as the person vacating the office to fill the portion of the term until the next regular general election.”
Q7. Who is opposing this recall effort?
For the most part, those that are opposed to this effort are protecting their investment in a politician that gives them favorable legislation and has personally defended their businesses.
Some of Arizona’s wealthiest businesses are actively opposing this recall effort, and it comes as no surprise they’re protecting their investment in Bowers. In fact, 64.4% of Bowers funding in 2019 came from businesses and corporate Political Action Committees, such as Arizona Bankers Association PAC, COX Arizona PAC & others.
That investment has paid off for them. For example this year HB 2835 was introduced creating a “ticket tax” giving hundreds of millions to sports stadium owners to allow them to renovate the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field, and was fast-tracked by Speaker Bowers through the House in just 2 weeks. (“Lawmakers are poised to let the Diamondbacks renovate Chase Field with a new ticket tax”)
On top of favorable legislation, Speaker Bowers has legally intervened to protect his backers. Just last year, Bowers personally signed-on to a lawsuit to oppose Proposition 208, which would have increased the income tax from some of Arizona’s wealthiest to help pay for education.
That’s the bottom line for those opposing the current recall effort.
Q8. How does a recall help enhance election integrity?
By removing public officials like Rep. Bowers who have stymied attempts to help reform our elections, we create an opportunity for a Representative to introduce real election integrity legislation and send a clear message to other elected officials that we will not tolerate those that won’t support free, fair and secure elections.
UPDATE – As of May 5, 2021, Heritage Action has told us that Representative Rusty Bowers is blocking Senate Bill (SB) 1713 from receiving a third reading on the House floor, and this would require Identification for voters sending in a mail-in ballot.
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