WASHINGTON, D.C. — The governing body of the Maricopa County Republican Committee has adopted a resolution calling for the impeachment of Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) after she announced that an Arizona grand jury indicted two county supervisors who delayed certification of the 2022 election results.
The resolution adopted by the Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) claims that the indictments of Cochise County Supervisors Peggy Judd and Tim Crosby is an “illegitimate political prosecution…common in dictatorships or communist countries” and a “transparent attempt to intimidate all County supervisors from exercising their duties and authority.”
Mayes announced last month that an Arizona grand jury indicted Judd and Crosby on two felony charges of interference with an election officer and conspiracy. In 2022, two of the three county supervisors in the Republican county refused for weeks to certify the November elections until a court ordered them to do so.
The outlandish claims are coupled with a multitude of falsehoods about the integrity of voting machines and elections in the state. The resolution hinges in part on a resolution passed by the Arizona Senate in April that disparaged the state’s voting machines and claimed the machines were subject to “a material risk of manipulation.”
The EGC also baselessly suggests that widespread and critical tabulation malfunctions in Maricopa and Pinal counties call into doubt the legitimacy of Mayes’ 2022 victory.
The searing November indictment alleges that the two Cochise County supervisors “knowingly interfered with the efforts of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to complete the canvas of the 2022 Statewide General Election, by preventing the Cochise County Board of Supervisors from canvassing the election within the time period required by law, and preventing the timely transmission of the county’s returns to the Secretary of State’s Office for inclusion in the statewide canvass.”
Beyond their refusal to certify election results in a timely manner, two of the three Cochise County supervisors were subject to a wave of criticism and controversy after they attempted illegal hand counts and sued their own election director, who ultimately resigned citing harassment and threats. Multiple lawsuits succeeded in preventing the county from going through with its plan of to mass hand count and subvert the 2022 elections.