Bowers’ testimony before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol demonstrated his inclination to follow his own moral compass, as he described resisting time after time a pressure campaign from former President Donald Trump, Trump’s then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other Republicans to remove electors for Joe Biden.
The requests, he told lawmakers on Tuesday, violated not just his oath as legislator but one of his “most basic foundational beliefs.”
Bowers, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said it was an article of faith for him that the US Constitution is “divinely inspired” and not easily cast aside.
Bowers supported Trump’s candidacy but he added: “I do not want to be a winner by cheating.”
, a professional artist
, has paid a high price for his resistance
. The Patriot Party of Arizona launched a drive to recall him last year because
, onder andere, he refused to back a controversial
“oudit” of votes by the Cyber Ninjas firm in Maricopa County
, Arizona. Op 'n punt, Bower joked to The Arizona Republic about potentially inspecting the papers used in the recall drive for bamboo
— a reference to an outlandish samesweringsteorie that ballots from China were stuffed into the state’s election system
The recall effort misluk
Bowers and his family also endured repeated protests outside his home east of Phoenix, including from people who called the father of seven a corrupt politician and a pedophile, he recounted Tuesday. Op 'n punt, hy het gesê, an armed man showed up and appeared to threaten his neighbor.
Tears formed in his eyes Tuesday as he described the impact of the harassment on his wife
, and his then-gravely ill daughter
. Sy dogter oorlede
in Januarie 2021.
Bowers is term-limited in the House and earlier this year announced a bid for the state Senate.
Bowers and another witness at Tuesday’s hearing
, former Fulton County
, Georgië, election worker Wandrea
” Mos, received John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage awards