By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic
Rep. Andy Biggs is often a man apart from the crowd, afar-right brawler often in the right place at the right time.
Sometimes, it’s because of luck. More often, it’s because the three-term Arizona Republican is content to go to battle where few others will,from attacking the mainstream medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic to spreading baseless conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden’s ballot box victory on Nov. 3.
While Biggs has always been known in Arizona as a conservative, his unwavering loyalty to former President Donald Trump, his potentially dangerous counter-programming on coronavirus measures and other moments have introduced his thinking to a wider audience.
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Biggs, 62, is by any measure among the most conservative members of Congress. His national stature as a political outlier only has grown in the stormy aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, when Biggs repeatedly raised doubtsto undermine the process and sought to set aside millions of legitimate votes. He also is among a group of Republican lawmakers under scrutiny over their roles in the run-up to the Jan. 6 riot in which supporters of former President Donald Trump ransacked the U.S. Capitol and five people died.