The local chapter of Yavapai County’s Conservatives for a Constitutional Republic (ConCR) has announced that former State Representative Liz Harris (R-LD13) will speak at their upcoming meeting, Saturday, June 24th, in Chino Valley. The meeting is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP.
Freshman legislator Liz Harris was regarded as one of the most conservative members of the Republican Caucus, when an ethics complaint was filed against her by Democrat Representative Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (D LD21) following a controversial presentation on election integrity before the House Elections Committee. Testimony by a witness sponsored by Rep Harris, implicated Governor Hobbs and other high ranking Republican officials in election fraud and accepting bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel. Ms. Harris later conceded that this inflammatory testimony was unsupported by concrete evidence. The Ethics Committee issued a report finding that Rep. Harris had misled the Elections Committee regarding the character and scope of the testimony that would be presented but stopped short of calling for disciplinary action.
Nonetheless, House Speaker Ben Toma, who had been implicated in the testimony, introduced a resolution calling for her expulsion. The Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Joseph Chaplick (R LD3), declined to support this extreme form of discipline and voted “No” on the resolution. In the end, all House Democrats and eighteen Republicans voted to expel her. Thirteen Republicans, many of them among the more conservative members of the Republican caucus refused to support her expulsion. [Editor’s Note: Both LD1 Representatives, Selina Bliss and Quang Nguyen voted against Ms. Harris and supported her removal.]
In her talk Saturday morning, Rep. Harris will address what she regards as the political vendetta and lack of due process that led to her expulsion. She will discuss her firsthand experience with the political divisions and rancor that now grip the Republican caucus. This is Ms. Harris’s first public appearance in LD1 since her forced removal from office. Time permitting, she will stand for questions following her talk.
The Yavapai County chapter of Conservatives for a Constitutional Republic is a group of conservative activists dedicated to defending and promoting the values of representative government as set forth in the United States Constitution. They are a private organization and not directly affiliated with a political party. However, most members are registered Republicans or conservative learning Independents who are civically engaged or are current or former elected officials or candidates for office.
ConCR meets monthly at the Bible Baptist Church, 3490 N State Road 89, in Chino Valley. Recent speakers include CD2 Congressman Eli Crane, Congressmen Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, State Senator Wendy Rogers, Sheriff David Rhodes, former State Representative Mark Finchem, and many other prominent conservative figures and candidates for office.
ConCR is a membership organization. However, in the interest of informing voters about important issues and candidates, the appearance of guest speakers of high public interest are open to the public. All those wishing to meet Rep. Harris and learn about the inner workings of the state legislature and the ordeal she was put thru leading up to her removal are cordially invited to attend. Doors open at 10:45AM. The meeting will begin promptly at 11:45AM. RSVP’s are requested and should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.