July 19, 2021 Media, Press Releases

Media Roundup: Arizona Democrats Call on Brnovich to Investigate Reported Election Interference

Brnovich certified 2020 election results and previously rejected false claims of voter fraud, but has apparently changed his strategy now that he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate

On Friday, ADP Chair Raquel Terán, Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, and House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding held a press conference calling on Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the reported interference in Arizona elections from Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, the Trump White House, and Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. These Democratic leaders join Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s top election official, and Congressman Ruben Gallego demanding an investigation into these events.

In their remarks, Arizona Democrats pointed out that Brnovich certified the 2020 election results and previously rejected any claims of fraud, but has apparently changed his strategy now that he’s running for Senate – ignoring the news around election interference while stoking false claims of voter fraud.

Check out a roundup of coverage from the event below:

ABC15: AZ Democratic leaders call for AG to look into allegations of election interference by Republicans

  • “If ever there was a time for Attorney General Brnovich to stand up to his own party to do what’s right now would be the time,” House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding said.
  • “It’s a sad day when you see elected officials like Brnovich pay to their own political instincts to get elected at all costs and not do the job they are elected to do,” [Senate Minority Leader] Rios said.

Business Insider: Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

  • Following the revelation of Trump allies’ efforts to pressure Maricopa County officials — “We need you to stop the counting,” Chairwoman Ward said after the election — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, urged Brnovich to investigate what she described as potential felony election interference. He has thus far declined.
  • On Friday, Democrats accused Brnovich of complicity in the false claims being circulated now, suggesting it was for political gain — namely, avoiding the ire of one man.

Cronkite News: Arizona Democrats call for audit probe, as federal panel starts its own

  • “Unless he (Brnovich) agrees to investigate, there is no other conclusion we can draw upon, other than that he doesn’t care about Trump’s reported election interference,” Arizona Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios said Friday.
  • “Attorney General Mark Brnovich has a duty to Arizonans and Maricopa County voters to ensure that there is an investigation,” but has not responded to written requests to investigate, Terán said.