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A member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona is resigning.
Supervisor Steve Chucri was caught on leaked audiotapes speaking about the handling of the 2020 general presidential election.
Chucri reported sparred with state-level Republicans for months over the audit of the 2020 election.
Chucri referred to the county’s audit of its results as “pretty bull****.”
Chucri appeared on the tape to be siding with the state Senate against his fellow county officials.
“I don’t feel comfortable with Dominion [Voting Systems],” he said.
Chucri said opposition to the Arizona state audit was centered around other supervisors’ fears for their margins of victory.
“I think it was done through dead people voting. I think it was multifaceted,” according to reports.
“He later reportedly threw around the words ‘ballot harvesting,'” Western Journal notes.
He neither confirmed nor denied the specifics of the comments:
“In recent days it has come to light that I was secretly recorded in conversations regarding differences with some of my colleagues about an audit of the 2020 election. The comments I made were during a very turbulent time,” he said.
“My colleagues have every right to be both angry and disappointed with me. I should not have made such statements and offer my colleagues heartfelt apologies,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the political landscape changed for the worst this year. The environment is wrought with toxicity — and all civility and decorum no longer seem to have a place. The fixation with the 2020 election results and aftermath have gotten out of control,” he said.
“I do not want to perpetuate the very problem I ran to eliminate several years ago. While I have had my differences with my colleagues, I have known them to be good, honorable and ethical men. The picture some individuals are trying to paint about a cover up, scam and other nonsense about my colleagues and myself is simply false,” he said.
GOP @maricopacounty BOS @Steve_Chucri is resigning effective Nov. 5 due to a conversation disparaging his colleagues was recorded before the #azaudit and leaked to Gateway Pundit. pic.twitter.com/8wldECRLew
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) September 22, 2021
More from Western Journal:
Chucri’s statement then sought to put distance between himself and the leaked audio.
“There was no cover-up, the election was not stolen. [President Joe] Biden won,” he said.
The Western Journal has reached out to Chucri for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.