GOP Lawmaker Charged with Letting Far-Right Protesters into Oregon Capitol Building During December Clash
A lawmaker in Oregon was charged on Friday with letting in far-right protesters into the state Capitol Building, which was closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, during a violent demonstration in December. As seen on surveillance footage, a man identified as Rep. Mike Nearman (R-District 23) exited out a glass door, passing by a hat-wearing man who past rushed him. Another individual held the glass door open. The two intruders beckoned others in. State police soon arrived, shoving out the group, and continuing to face off with them at the opened entrance.
The lawmaker faces a count each of official misconduct in the first degree, and criminal trespass in the second degree. Both charges are misdemeanors. His office did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.
#BradyList Liaison not worried about pro-Trump ex-lawmaker counting Arizona ballots
Former Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, recounts ballots from the 2020 general election as a contractor working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud in Arizona. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate liaison for the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election said Monday he doesn’t think it’s a problem that a Donald Trump-supporting state lawmaker who was voted out of office in November is taking part in the contentious recount.
“Absolutely not. We’re not counting the race that he was in and lost,” Ken Bennett, referring to former Rep. Anthony Kern, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
“We’re counting the president and the U. S. Senate race.”
Kern, a Glendale Republican, previously made headlines when he was seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He said he didn’t go inside the building when it was violently overrun by supporters of then-President Trump.
Kern, however, has been outspoken in his belief that President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump wasn’t valid.
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WALLACE: I need to make sure I understand everything. So, he was fired and on a list of sort of discharged law enforcement officials, then became a local politician, went to the insurrection, and now his hands are touching ballots in an audit of Maricopa County votes? How did that happen, in your view, Ryan?
RANDAZZO: Well, the Cyber Ninjas told us they were screening the folks that they were allowing to count these ballots and that they had done things like looked at their social media, but if you did just a cursory Google search of Anthony Kern, you would learn that he's on this list of dishonest law enforcement people. That would probably preclude you from getting a job where you handled money or any kind of security sensitive position because he's, you know, basically a known liar and on this county list of dishonest law enforcement. You would also see on his social media that he has tweeted things like directly to President Trump, saying, I know there was fraud in this election. So, he clearly has a strong bias about what happened with the November election, so to choose him as one of the people who's allowed down on the floor to count ballots and, frankly, be around ballots, I knew would be concerning to readers.