Multiple women claimed a man who worked in the Republican-backed Arizona election audit made unwanted sexual advances towards them.
The aggressive and angry outbursts, one woman told Arizona’s Family Investigates, ‘seemed to stem from some type of anger over women having authority over him.’
Another woman told the Arizona TV news station, ‘Any time he would come across someone he considered attractive or a woman, he would harass them, things like trying to demand dates, things like making sexual comments.’
She said the comments turned into unwanted touching and other physical advances but didn’t go into detail about how far the physical contact went.
Arizona’s election audit – some of whose workers are pictured in Phoenix on May 1 – has been hit by claims that multiple women were sexually harassed by a male worker
The unidentified sex pest is accused of inflicting unwanted touching on women, and commenting on their bodies. He is also said to have raged at female bosses
Former President Donald Trump claimed her lost Arizona because there was fraud, which sparked a Republican-backed audit that proved fruitless
They worked on the audit for weeks following Donald Trump’s claims that he lost Arizona by about 10,000 votes because of voter fraud.
Even though Trump’s allegations were rejected last year by state and federal judges, Arizona Senate Republicans used their subpoena power to access to ballots, counting machines and electronic data in Maricopa County for an audit.
Maricopa County accounts for about 60 percent of Arizona’s voters.
But the alleged sexual harassment made the job difficult for some women.
The allegations reportedly involved more than one person, but the lion’s share of the complaints centered on one man in particular, Arizona’s Family Investigates said.
He has not been named because no criminal charges have been brought against him.
The women’s identities were also concealed to protect them.
The women said they wrote letters and brought their complaints to upper management, which they said did nothing.
‘(The person) has made several unwarranted and unwanted comments about my appearance,’ wrote one woman, according to Arizona’s Family Investigates. ‘He commented, “You showing off your butt?”‘
The news station acquired the handwritten complaint letters, which were each a page or longer.
‘We personally agree among ourselves that his disruptions are no longer tolerable,’ wrote another employee. ‘When I didn’t return a compliment or react to his flirting, he would insult me.’
Senate President Karen Fann, the Republican lawmaker who is ultimately in charge of the audit, responded to Arizona’s Family Investigates report with a response from the audit’s lead vendor, whose name was not given.
Cyber Ninja was the contractor running the audit.
‘I have never received any written complaints of any type of sexual harassment, nor has a complaint like this been brought to my attention,’ the statement said. he closest thing I can think of is I am aware of a single table manager who was cussing a lot, and had apparently told an inappropriate joke. We fired him immediately.’
Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona senate, June 21, 2021, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix
People auditing the results from Maricopa County, Arizona after Donald Trump’s claims that he lost Arizona because of fraud
Two previous recounts of the ballots in Maricopa County, where Biden won by more than two points, found the results had been accurate.
The recount has become dogged by controversy and a center for conspiracy theories with one volunteer saying the examiners were investigating if the ballots contained any bamboo as part of their probe into whether China stacked the race in Biden’s favor.
In May, Republican State Sen. Paul Boyer, who originally supported the recount, changed his mind and said, ‘It makes us look like idiots,’
‘Looking back, I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point,’ he told The New York Times.