Townsend to Shooter: Resign or be expelled

A top Arizona House Republican wants Rep. Don Shooter to resign within 24 hours or she’ll seek to expel him from the chamber.

Majority Whip Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, has called for the immediate resignation of Rep. Don Shooter a Yuma Republican who broke the House sexual harassment policy

“Please give this House the dignity it deserves and step down,” Townsend said on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.

If Shooter does not resign by Thursday, then Townsend vowed to make a motion to expel him, an act that would take a two-thirds majority vote among the 60 representatives in the House.

He needs to leave,” she said.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, whose initial accusations about Shooter spurred the House’s sexual harassment investigation into his misconduct, told reporters she would support Townsend’s motion.

Shooter, who was not on the floor when Townsend called for his resignation, declined to comment on her statement, but said that he wants the opportunity to address his colleagues before any vote is taken on Thursday.

Information from Arizona Capitol Times

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