Hearings delayed on lawsuits seeking to bar 3 AZ Republicans from holding office

By Jill Ryan
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 12:23pm
Updated: Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:22pm

Paul Gosa
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Paul Gosar speaking with attendees at an event hosted by the Defend America Foundation at the Scottsdale Gun Club in Scottsdale in September 2021.

Several lawsuits seek to block three Arizona Republicans from running for, or holding, office because of their alleged involvement with the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

The suits assert Mark Finchem, a state representative, plus Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar should be barred because of a provision in the 14th Amendment. It states those involved in an insurrection cannot hold office. 

But Attorney Jack Wilenchik, who represents Finchem, says there is no basis for these lawsuits since none of the politicians have actually been charged.

Mark Finchem
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Mark Finchem

"Somebody needs to be convicted of a crime before they're barred from public office. We don't allow random members of the public to accuse politicians of a crime and remove them from office. If we did, then Lord knows, the courts would be full of this kind of thing every day," Wilenchik said. 

Hearings were scheduled for this week, but they have been delayed. 

Andy Biggs
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Andy Biggs of Arizona speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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