Former President Donald Trump on Thursday slammed Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer (R-Glendale) for his lack of support for the ongoing forensic audit of 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County.
In the statement, Trump called Boyer a “Republican in Name Only” – RINO – after Boyer blocked the process of holding the Maricopa Board of Supervisors in contempt.
“Republican Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer, a RINO if there ever was one, is doing everything in his power to hold up the damning Forensic Audit of Maricopa County which has been taking place over the last 90 days. The people of Arizona are demanding it,” Trump said in the statement.
Additionally, Trump pointed out the primary opponent that Boyer will face in his upcoming election.
“Boyer has been nothing but trouble, and nobody knows why. All we demand is Voter Integrity! He is being primaried by a strong and highly respected challenger, former Arizona State Representative Anthony Kern,” the former president added.
Earlier this year, Boyer criticized the audit. He said, “Who wouldn’t support an audit? But the way they’re doing it, it’s embarrassing. It makes me embarrassed to be a state senator at this point.”
Throughout the course of the audit, the state senator seemingly changed his view on the process — after originally agreeing to support the ballot examination.
“Senator Boyer agreed to proceed with audit but when Maricopa BOS refused to cooperate , Boyer would not vote with us for the resolution of contempt which leaves us one vote short,” Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott) said in a tweet.
Senator Boyer agreed to proceed with audit but when Maricopa BOS refused to cooperate , Boyer would not vote with us for the resolution of contempt which leaves us one vote short
— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) July 21, 2021
“You told us in closed caucus the ‘audit’ would not cost taxpayers more than 150k and you wouldn’t divulge who you were hiring. Had you told us it was an inexperienced, partisan firm, I wouldn’t have been the only one to object,” Boyer claimed in response.
You told us in closed caucus the "audit" would not cost taxpayers more than 150k and you wouldn't divulge who you were hiring. Had you told us it was an inexperienced, partisan firm, I wouldn't have been the only one to object.
— Paul Boyer (@PaulDBoyer) July 21, 2021
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