Arizona Home Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican who testified on the January 6 Committee listening to in opposition to former President Donald Trump, misplaced his major to State Sen. David Farnsworth.
Bowers was stymied by the Trump-backed candidate in his try to hitch the state Senate for its long term limits.
Farnsworth criticized Bowers for refusing to assist Trump or go together with a contentious 2021 election “audit” that Republican leaders within the Senate commissioned. Bowers additionally drew criticism after he testified in entrance of the January 6 Committee listening to in opposition to Trump in June.
Throughout his testimony, the Home Speaker disputed the characterization of his dialog with Trump following the 2020 election.
Bowers denied that he informed Trump that the then-president had gained Arizona and the election was rigged, saying he by no means made both of these statements. Bowers additionally testified that Trump’s marketing campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided no concrete proof of election fraud.
Trump’s endorsement of Farnsworth is a component of a bigger slew of help he has provided to these difficult lawmakers who labored in opposition to him throughout his presidency and who voted for his impeachment.
Farnsworth will routinely win the state Senate seat as a result of no Democrat is working within the closely Republican district.
Bowers confronted an uphill battle in the course of the election after the state Republican Occasion censured him following his June testimony earlier than the January 6 Committee.
“I’m properly conscious that I’m extremely distrusted,” Bowers informed the Related Press earlier than the election. “My district is a really Trump district, and who is aware of how that is all going to work out.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.