February 02,2018 | Triadvocates
Yesterday afternoon, the Arizona House of Representatives voted to expel Republican Rep. Don Shooter on a 56-3 vote for "dishonorable" behavior after an investigation found he sexually harassed women over many years. The move for expulsion comes just two days after the investigative report was made public.
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard initially proposed censuring Shooter but, after a flurry of dramatic events, ultimately decided to push for expulsion. Ousting Shooter required a two-thirds vote of the House (40 of 60 members). The House's vote was nearly unanimous. As soon as the vote count hit 40, Shooter dropped his microphone, immediately left the House floor and was escorted off Capitol premises by security.
The Arizona Legislature hasn't voted to expel a lawmaker in nearly 27 years; the House hasn't done so in 70 years.