CD Six Democratic Candidates react to the House Ethical Findings on David Schweikert

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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

Anita Malik

 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.

Stephanie Rimmer

 “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”

 Karl Gentles

 “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.

Please remember that the August 4 primary is five days from now and the November 3 general election is 95.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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