Thanks to his and his teams own purposeful or accidental efforts (let the reader judge,) Congressional District Six House Representative David Schweikert was found by the House Ethics Committee to have violated 11 rules/laws dealing with:
- Campaign finance law.
- Using campaign funds for non-campaign matters.
- Assigning congressional staff to conduct campaign business.
- Not being forthcoming with the committee.
Mr. Schweikert was fined $50,000 dollars and received a reprimand in a full House vote on July 31, 2020.
The reaction was swift from the Arizona Democratic Party and the four candidates looking to be the party’s nominee against Schweikert this November.
Matt Grodsky of the Arizona Democratic Party
“Eleven rules violations will be Schweikert’s lasting legacy. Arizonans in CD6 have had enough of Schweikert and his dishonesty. It’s clear that they want leaders who will work for them and fight for affordable, quality health care, public education, and an economy that works for everyone. Schweikert will pay for his wrongdoing with $50,000 and his seat on election night.”
Congressional District Six Democratic Candidates
Ms. Malik released her statement, via video to her constituents. In her remarks, she said, “we have to acknowledge that he (Mr. Schweikert) has been lying to us for two and a half years and he lied to me directly in our debate in 2018.”
She also said that Mr. Schweikert received nothing more than a “slap on the wrist…we need to do everything in our power to unseat him but I am also calling on him today to resign…”
Please click on the link below to watch the full statement from Ms. Malik.
“I am disappointed that Mr. Schweikert continues to deflect responsibility and not acknowledge the seriousness of his actions in regard to the misuse of financial resources by a member of Congress. Attempting at this late juncture to pass these charges off as a simple financial error demonstrates that Mr. Schweikert is not committed to representing our district with full transparency and honesty.”
Dr. Hiral Tipirneni
“Representative Schweikert has violated his oath, abused his power, lied and misled, and betrayed the public trust with his admission of breaking federal law and ethics rules. In using his taxpayer-funded Congressional office in service of himself instead of our district, he has put his own interests above those of his constituent’s time and time again. I’m not a career politician. As a former emergency room physician and cancer research advocate, I’ve always put the interests of people & their families first, and I will do the same in Congress”
“The congressman is either unethical, sloppy, incompetent, or all three. Hiding over $500,000 is not a ‘bookkeeping dispute’. The people of Congressional District 6 deserve someone who will put the people’s interests ahead of their own self-interest. From day one, we’ve talked about shaking up the culture of corruption that is of, by and for the special interests, instead of being of, by and for the people.”
“He hid expenditures, hid contributions, and hid loans. No matter the case, we need a more principled, focused, and ethical member of congress. That’s why this election is so important, and why I’m running. I’m for the people, Schweikert is for special interests.”
“We need a member of Congress putting principles over politics and political agendas. Voters will evaluate this and see his behavior, self-dealing, and corruption as ‘3 strikes and you’re out.’”
Mr. Schweikerts ethic’s difficulties, poor fundraising, and the changing demographics of Congressional District Six had already made this House seat a prime potential pickup opportunity for the Democrats.
Fortunately, Democrats have four qualified candidates to choose from in this Tuesday’s August 4 Primary in finding an able replacement for Mr. Schweikert in January 2021.
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