2012 olympic water polo House votes to expel lawmaker over sexual misconduct
In the center of the group was Rep. Michelle Ugenti Rita,
whose complaint against fellow Republican Rep. Don Shooter prompted Thursday’s action.
Republican Rep. Mesnard is calling for the immediate expulsion of a fellow Republican after Rep. Don Shooter said a sexual harassment report that found he harassed female members omitted claims about another lawmaker.
Thursday’s developments come as the full House was poised to vote on Mesnard’s previous call for a formal censure of Shooter. He now says Shooter’s new comments represent a clear act of retaliation and harassment and he wants him voted out immediately.
Shooter says in an interview he deserves censure but did nothing to justify expulsion.
He sent a letter to fellow members Thursday saying a woman interviewed for the report looking into his behavior and that of Rep. Michelle Ugenti Rita omitted a young woman’s complaint.
A Republican Arizona lawmaker says a report showing he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women omits serious allegations against another House member.
Rep. Don Shooter faces a censure vote in the House Thursday and some GOP members want him expelled.
Shooter says in an interview that he deserves censure but did nothing to justify expulsion.
He sent a letter to fellow members Thursday saying a woman interviewed for the report looking into his behavior and that of Rep. Michelle Ugenti Rita omitted a young woman’s complaint. He says she complained another lawmaker subjected her to unwanted sexual advances.
Shooter would not say who that lawmaker was. His letter says he wants the report to include those allegations before the House acts on his possible punishment.
A showdown is looming in the Arizona House over what penalty should be imposed on a Republican lawmaker found to have engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women.
Republican Majority Whip Kelly Townsend is calling for Shooter’s resignation and says she’ll move for an expulsion vote if he doesn’t step down. Meanwhile,
some other Republicans believe Shooter deserves a lesser penalty or a chance to defend himself.