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Arizona Representative, Don Shooter, Accused of Sexual Harassment

Breanna Zarate

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A new report surfaced on Tuesday that claims to have substantial evidence that Representative Don Shooter violated sexual harassment policies after Michelle Ugenti-Rita accused him of sexual harassment. The report includes instances of crude language and offensive jokes that Shooter had said. Don Shooter is a big Republican lawmaker from Yuma. These recent revelations led to House Speaker J.D. Mesnard to permanently remove Don Shooter from all his committee assignments, which included Education. According to the report, “His repeated pervasive conduct has created a hostile working environment for his colleagues and those with business before the Legislature.”

The report  comes after Arizona Republic conducted 40 interviews in which described the capital as a “sexist environment.” Cain ortiz (11) says, “I think it is important to shed light on these kind of issues because someone in Congress has a lot of power. It is easy for [them] to abuse their power.”  Don Shooter did release a statement saying, “With so much at stake for so many, (the investigators’) task was no doubt challenging. … This has been a humbling and eye-opening experience for me. I look forward to working to repair relationships and to serving my constituents in our great state.” Tyra Hawthorne (11) said, “He needs to be fired.”

However, these allegations has not led to Shooter resigning, saying that he is “reviewing the report.” The capitol has also made no inclinations that they will remove Shooter from his position for now. Shantaala Shenoy (12) says, “I think they should remove him immediately because this kind of behavior should not be allowed at any job.” The removal of Shooter would take two thirds vote of the House. Mesnard has promised to instill public trust within the House and expel Shooter soon.

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