Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Phoenix Democrat and one of two black lawmakers, said he expects Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives will push to expel Rep. David Stringer if the embattled Prescott Republican creates an “unsafe working environment” when the Legislature convenes in January.
On Channel 12’s “Sunday Square Off” yesterday, Bolding said that, if Stringer “brings that toxicity back to the House of Representatives, we will push for an expulsion.”
Although Bolding, the incoming House Democratic co-whip, said that he doesn’t personally believe that Stringer is “qualified to be a representative in this great state” because he holds racist views that are “obviously deep-rooted in who he is,” he said Democrats for the time being are only asking for Stringer to be censured and removed from all of his committee assignments.
Incoming Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers, a Mesa Republican, has removed Stringer from three committees, but has allowed him to retain his seat on the Government Committee.
Bolding also told host Brahm Resnik that he has had “several conversations” with Stringer about racial issues during the two years they’ve served together. He added that, when the Education Committee (on which both Bolding and Stringer serve) has heard testimony about students of color and student achievement, “there’s always a comment, a… theme in his questioning that gets to, he doesn’t believe people of color deserve a place in this country.”
Bolding also was critical of his Republican colleagues in the House, almost all of who have remained silent on Stringer.
“When you don’t speak up, it seems as though you are complicit in what he’s saying,” Bolding said.