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Arizona GOP picks indicted 'fake elector,' expelled lawmaker as national committeemen

The Arizona Republican Party this weekend elected a recently indicted state senator and an expelled former lawmaker as their new national committee members. 

Sen. Jake Hoffman (R-Queen Creek) and former state Rep. Liz Harris were chosen to serve as Arizona’s representatives at the RNC, where they’ll play a role in shaping the Republican Party’s national platform. 

They are taking the places of Tyler Bowyer, chief operating officer at Turning Point Action, and former state Sen. Lori Klein Corbin.

Hoffman heads the state Legislature’s far-right Freedom Caucus and was one of 11 “fake electors” who signed documents falsely claiming former President Donald Trump won Arizona’s popular vote in 2020. 

Hoffman said in a statement that he will work to ensure the RNC makes Arizona its number one priority. 

“The road to saving America runs through our great state, and the RNC has a crucial role to play in supporting and empowering the Republican grassroots who fight every day against the Democratic Fascists currently trying to destroy opportunity and prosperity for everyone who calls Arizona home,” he stated.

Harris served briefly in the Legislature in 2023, when she invited guests to a committee hearing who made false claims of election fraud and accused lawmakers of accepting bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Her actions led to an ethics investigation and expulsion by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers. 

Harris said in a statement that her focus will be on “winning elections with a strong emphasis on uniting the Republican Party through real, effective election reform.”

The state party also voted to censure former Vice President Mike Pence, who has refused to endorse Trump’s reelection bid, as well as Nikki Haley, who ran against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Camryn Sanchez is a field correspondent at KJZZ covering everything to do with state politics.