Indicted GOP Officials Rewarded with Party Positions in Arizona and Nevada

Indicted Republican officials in Arizona and Nevada, accused of submitting fake electoral votes in 2020, have been rewarded with party positions. In Arizona, a state senator was elevated to the Republican National Committee, while in Nevada, five accused officials will serve as delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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Nitish Verma
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Indicted GOP Officials Rewarded with Party Positions in Arizona and Nevada

Indicted GOP Officials Rewarded with Party Positions in Arizona and Nevada

Republican state, level, officials in Arizona and Nevada who were indicted in the 2020 fake-elector scandal have been rewarded with party positions, sparking criticism and concerns over the parties' disregard for criminal charges.

Why this matters: The decision to reward indicted officials with party positions undermines the integrity of the electoral process and raises questions about the Republican Party's commitment to upholding the rule of law. This lack of accountability can have far-reaching consequences, eroding trust in democratic institutions and potentially paving the way for future electoral manipulation.

In Arizona, state Sen. Jake Hoffman was indicted last month on allegations of conspiracy, fraud, and forgery as part of the party's fake-elector scheme. Just two days after his indictment, the Arizona Republican Party elevated Hoffman to the investigations Republican National Committee, demonstrating a lack of concern for the criminal charges.

Laurie Roberts of The Arizona Republic described the Arizona Republican Party's decision as "flat out, full-throated, flabbergasting." The state, level indictments in Arizona are part of a broader investigation into the party's fake-elector scheme, with a total of 18 Republicans facing charges in the state.

In Nevada, five of the six Republican Party officials accused of submitting "fake elector" ballots in a scheme to swing the 2020 presidential election for Donald Trump will serve as delegates to this summer's Republican National Convention. Two of them, including Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald, have also been nominated to be among the party's presidential electors for Nevada in 2024.

McDonald and Clark County Republican chairman Jesse Law, who were included in the December indictment, were chosen by the state party to potentially serve as presidential electors this year if the GOP ticket prevails in Nevada. Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent responded sarcastically to the move, saying "Clearly, lessons learned."

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Tai Sims criticized the decision, stating, "It should not come as a shock to anyone that Nevada Republicans nominated indicted fake electors to be their 2024 presidential electors. Republicans have spent the last four years relentlessly spreading dangerous election conspiracy theories that threaten the basic functions of democracy."

The fake-elector scandal refers to a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in favor of Donald Trump. It involved the submission of false electoral votes by Republicans in several states, including Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan, despite Joe Biden's victory.

The indicted GOP officials in Nevada have pleaded not guilty to the charges, with their cases expected to go to trial early next year. The decision to reward these officials with party positions and roles as potential presidential electors has raised serious concerns about the Republican Party's commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process and respecting the rule of law.