Ariz senator says obstructionist Dems having ‘come to Jesus moment’, no surprise reluctant to cooperate

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**UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a tweet from Maricopa County which refuted many of the claims made by auditors at the hearing which were initially reported in this article. ** 

After an Arizona Senate hearing Thursday about the ongoing audit of Maricopa County’s election results, state Sen. Kelly Townsend described the hearing as a “come to Jesus moment” and defended the auditors from accusations that they’re incompetent.

The hearing featured testimony from Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, CyFIR founder Ben Cotton and Arizona Senate Liaison Ken Bennett — all three of whom have had their credibility regularly questioned by the media and local county officials. Maricopa County even issued a scathing and lengthy rebuttal of the claims, saying they “were not based in fact.”

But the problem, Townsend claimed, is that their critics have allegedly offered no evidence to back their claim. All they’ve done, she claimed, is “obstruct, deny, distract and mock us.”

“It’s a come to Jesus moment. They’re accusing Cyber Ninjas of not being credible, and you know this information that’s going to come out, I’ll be very interested to see what their reaction is,” she said in an interview with Jordan Conradson.

“But if they’re not credible, then come forward with this information and prove them wrong. But instead, they have done nothing but obstruct, deny, distract and mock us,” she added.

Listen to her remarks below:

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has been refusing to provide the auditors with the additional information — including passwords and a copy of the county’s voter database — they say they need to complete their work.

But even with the board’s reported obstruction, the auditors have still made some discoveries of their own.

Testifying Thursday, they claimed, among other things, that Maricopa County received 74,000 more mail-in ballots than it’d mailed out, that the antivirus software on the county’s vote-counting machines was outdated, that the front and back of ballots weren’t aligned properly and that some voter registration records were inconsistent.

“[W]hat we heard today we learned … we’re not surprised that it was an absolute failure. And it answers the question as to why they are obstructing. If I were them, I wouldn’t want the public to know this information we learned today either,” Townsend said of these alleged findings.

Continuing, she said that going forward, the board members can either start cooperating or resign.

“So, two choices. Either come forward and help us put all of this to rest and not on Twitter, and not on Facebook or other places but let’s sit down in an actual meeting and work through this like professionals. And if you can’t do that, then I’m calling on all of you to resign as county supervisors…,” she said.

There’s no indication at this point that the board intends to either start cooperating or resign.

When asked what she thinks might happen if the board stays on this route, Townsend speculated that there could be indictments against them and a redo of the 2020 election.

“I see indictments in their future if we are able to establish this, if we go forward in court. I see, perhaps the public coming forward and doing recalls, and at the very least, I don’t see them ever winning another election again,” she said.

She’s not the only one who’s mentioned a recall. Fellow state Sen. Wendy Rogers, a retired Air Force pilot, posted angry tweets after the hearing Thursday demanding the state’s electors be recalled and a new election held.

Look:

For now, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has been busy publishing ostensible fact-check tweets to Twitter.

“The way that they handled today was a Twitter feed,” Townsend criticized.

“That’s their response to the Arizona state Senate, is replying to us on Twitter and that is not appropriate. That is not a functioning government. That is high school. So bring it up a notch, several notches, and come sit with us and cooperate, provide the facts,” Townsend continued.

“Show us why you don’t have logs for these early ballots being mailed out but not requested. Show us why you removed the tens of thousands of people who registered to vote, voted and then removed them. Show us, show us why you didn’t follow the law, and put the serial numbers matching the duplicated ballots with each other, why you took the stamp and put it over the black mark so you can’t see the serial number. Show us why you did that. Explain to us why you broke the law,” she added.

The board has fiercely denied all of the allegations from Townsend and other state-level Republicans who say something fishy happened.

As proof, they’ve pointed to two audits of their own that were conducted that reportedly found no issues — none at all.

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