Mark Finchem, Arizona GOP Secretary of State Nominee, Still Won’t Say Biden Was Legitimately Elected

Mark FinchemAn Arizona state representative and the GOP nominee for Arizona Secretary of State, still wouldn’t say President Biden was legitimately elected to the Oval Office.

Wearing a Trump lapel pin, Finchem told CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe on Wednesday that he doesn’t know if his concerns about the 2020 presidential election have changed the results of the election, even that he was elected to the office. Had the same ballot as Mr Biden. Mr Biden won Arizona in 2020, and Trump lost his picks in the state.

But FinChem has acknowledged Trump’s false claims of widespread election irregularities. He was among those involved in filing legal challenges in the 2020 elections. Finchem was also at the Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021 and was interviewed by the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.

Asked if Mr Biden won, Finchem said “obviously so.”

“I mean, look at inflation and look at all the things that it has that have happened since then,” Finchem said.

Mark Finchem

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Many Americans, Finchem said, do not believe the 2020 presidential election was fair. O’Keefe put further pressure on FinChem, asking if he was saying Mr Biden was legitimately elected.

“I didn’t say that,” replied Finchem. “He’s the president.”

Finchem, who has been in the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015, said he is running to be the next secretary of state to “make sure we have safe, fair, open and transparent elections.” O’Keefe asked FinChem to define what those things meant.

“Well you have — you have an electoral architecture that we can verify there is no penetration from outside sources.” Finchem replied. “So for example, we know that there was WiFi and Bluetooth availability at the Maricopa Sarani center. In fact, there was a team that was looking at the router and all the WiFi and in the middle of following that up, someone changed the name of a device. It’s interesting to have the piece ‘F U’. They knew they were being surveyed, and it’s that kind of behavior that tells me we have some issues.”

O’Keefe asked if this had changed the outcome of the election.

“Well, I don’t know that,” said Finchem. “I can’t say one way or the other. But for someone – to do something like this, to have that kind of access to a government system that is supposed to be dedicated to handling election data, it’s very troubling.” . It tells me it wasn’t safe.”

Federal election infrastructure officials under Trump said in a joint statement in November 2020 That the election was “the safest in American history”. Arizona House Speaker rusty bowersA primary loser for his seat in August testified before a House committee that was investigating January 6 Attack on the US Capitol That he was pressured by Trump-affiliated attorney John Eastman and Republican Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona to disprove voters for Biden in Arizona. After meeting with bogus voters in Phoenix and attempting to send his results to Washington, Bowers said his office could no longer function because of threats, and Trump supporters also descended at his home.

Finchem testified Before the House Committee earlier this year on January 6. Finchem told CBS News that his January 6 interview with the committee “went the same way as any witness interviewed,” and that he was “treated as a witness, not a suspect.” ” That interview was the result of a summons, and was preceded by his successful primary bid.

Finchem said he was outside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, “representing my constituents who had some concerns about the irregularities observed regarding the 2020 presidential election”.

Finchem is running against former Maricopa County recorder Adrian Fontes, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. the one who wins Jeet will be responsible for monitoring and administering accurate and secure elections as the Chief Electoral Officer of the state.

Fontes is particularly concerned about what could happen if FinChem wins and former President Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination again.

“He can’t testify to an election that Donald Trump won’t win even in 2024,” Fontes said.

And in an interview with CBS News, Fontes repeated a line he’s used on the campaign trail: “This isn’t the most important election in our lives. This may be the last free election in our lives.”

Fontes told CBS News that the challenge will continue to spread the truth and show Arizona voters that they can trust the people running their elections.

“Once we win, however, the challenge is to communicate with regular, everyday Arizonans and help spread the truth, continue to show them that they can believe in their fellow electors who are truly in Arizona. run elections and across the United States,” Fontes said. “In that role, I will be able to help communicate with voters in Arizona about how their local elections are run by counties, how those county officials actually represent them at the neighborhood level.

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