Democrats say bullying incident underscores pattern of sexism in Arizona House

Rep. Isela Blanc (D-Tempe)

By Hank Stephenson and Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

A Republican legislator’s apology on March 15 for attempting to have a Democrat legislator thrown out of a committee underscores what Democrats and lobbyists describe as a pattern of bullying and sexism that permeate the Arizona House of Representatives.

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The Democrat, Rep. Isela Blanc of Tempe, said on March 14 that Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff threatened to call security to remove her from a hearing room.

“I’m being bullied… That’s exactly how I felt in that moment,” Blanc told Arizona Capitol Times.


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