GOP state lawmaker who no longer supports election ‘audit’ threatened

Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, claims Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 11 emergency order dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has interfered with individual rights./ Photo: Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services 

A Republican state senator who has backed away from the election audit she once supported is now the victim of at least one threat.

“You have one chance to give the American people the Audit report or were coming for you” said a text message sent Friday morning to Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, from someone identified as “Matt Boster.”

“We know where you live, we know where you get your groceries and we know where your family lives,” the message said. “You better do the right thing or your going to feel the consequences.”

Ugenti-Rita, who reposted the message on Twitter, said it has been turned over to law enforcement.

“My family’s safety is my #1 priority and I will NOT tolerate anyone going after me or my family,” she said. But the senator said she expects “threats like this” to continue because of what she calls “misinformation and the unmet expectations of the public surrounding the audit.”

She did not return calls seeking further comment.

Ugenti-Rita incurred the wrath of many of those who believe the election was stolen after she changed her mind about the audit.

Based on 330 people who claimed they voted but that county records show they didn’t, and 164 who claimed persons unknown to them cast ballots from their address, the report claims there were 173k “lost votes” and 96k “ghost votes.” They’ve provided zero evidence of any of this.


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September 2021