Celebrate, Celebrate: David Stringer has resigned from the Arizona State House.

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Former Legislative District One State Representative David Stringer who resigned on March 27, 2019, after facing ethics complaints on racist comments and sexual misconduct.

Score one for decency in Government today.

In a surprising development on Wednesday, March 27, Prescott Legislative District One State Representative David Stringer resigned from the State House after months of controversy stemming from racist comments and the revelation that he had been charged with sexual misconduct in Maryland 35 years ago.

The controversial legislator had vowed not to resign despite calls from members of both parties, including Governor Ducey. There was even in an effort to consider recalling Stringer if he did not resign. The obstinacy of Stringer had morphed to a level where he even directed his attorney to argue before the Maricopa County Superior Court to stop the House from expelling him for not complying with handing over documents (pertaining to the sexual misconduct matter), per a subpoena, to the State House Ethics Committee. Instead of following through with the hearing, he, after months of stonewalling, chose to resign.

Reaction among most in the political arena has been largely positive towards this development with House Democrats applauding the resignation. Christopher Hanlon, a leader for the Anti Stringer Group Arizona Deserves Better relayed that:

“The resignation of the racist David Stringer is a welcome development for the State of Arizona. Arizona Deserves Better has worked over the past two months to mobilize Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to pressure both David Stringer and his House colleagues for such an outcome as this, and so we are glad Stringer will no longer serve in the Arizona House. Our materials have reached over 15,000 Arizona voters, many of whom called and otherwise pressured the House Ethics Committee. We thank those citizens as well as our donors and volunteers.”

Only a few Republicans like the other LD One State Representative Noel Campbell expressed regret that Stringer resigned, stating “No human being can stand that kind of pressure and ostracization.” How about the pressure and ostracization faced by the people affected by Mr. Stringer’s actions and comments? Do they not deserve consideration as well.

How does the Stringer Resignation affect the Legislative Calendar?

The Stringer resignation reduces the number of Republicans in the State House to 30 with 29 Democrats.

Will this mean that the Democrats have more leverage on bills and other legislative measures like the budget?

Probably not because, as a former state lawmaker and House Minority Leader David Lujan of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress stated that:

“I predict the Republican PCs and Board of Supervisors in Yavapai County will move as quickly as possible to appoint his replacement. I would be surprised if they do not already have candidates lined-up. They will move quickly because the House Republicans now only have 30 members, one short of what they need to pass bills on partisan lines. I think it will probably only take about 2 weeks to appoint a replacement so for that time period you will not see any bills come up for a vote that does not have the support of at least a few Democrats. The budget is not expected to be ready for several more weeks. I don’t think it will be impacted by the Stringer vacancy.”

Whatever results legislatively from the Stringer Resignation, it is a time for people who demand decency from our public servants to celebrate. Hopefully, this, along with the Don Shooter incident from last year, will serve as a message that only individuals who treat others with respect and fairness need run for office.

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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I grew so rich, that I was sent, by a pocket borough into Parliament. I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all. I thought so little, they rewarded me, by making me the Chairman of a House Committee. Apologies to G&S for slight modifications to the lyrics.

  2. Shooter pervin’ out, Stringer into lord knows what, Trent Franks makin’ babies, Ugenti-Rita’s alleged affairs and jokes about jerking off, Bundgaard maybe beatin’ up ladies, Tom “Horny” Horne making “hit and run” a double entendre…

    How can it be that the AZGOP doesn’t have its own reality show?

    And according to State Senator Policeman Doctor John Kavanagh, all this happens while God is up in the gallery watching.

    Lordy, I hope there NOT tapes, because I don’t want to see any of these creepy old guys ‘in flagrante delicto’.

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