Arizona senator asks GOP chair to resign after saying Ducey ‘killed people’ | Arizona Politics



AZ GOP Chairman Kelli Ward denies controversial statements about Governor Ducey







PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A top Republican is renewing his call for the state’s GOP leader to step down after baselessly claiming Gov. Doug Ducey “killed people” by limiting an unproven drug to treat COVID-19. “As has been, with the chair, she says some very crazy things on a regular occasion. I mean, this is just further evidence of that,” said Sen. TJ Shope, a Republican from Coolidge.






In an interview Republican President Kelli Ward gave last week, she criticized Ducey’s decision to limit access to hydroxychloroquine, saying, “He killed people.”




He was responding to an interview Republican President Kelli Ward gave last week in which she criticized Ducey’s decision to limit access to hydroxychloroquine by saying, “He’s killed people.” We contacted the Arizona Republican Party for comment, but did not receive a response. But in an email to Republicans this week, Ward denied saying, in part, “I never called Governor Doug Ducey a killer or a bully.”

Last year, the governor restricted access to hydroxychloroquine, barring pharmacists from dispensing the drug unless prescribed by a doctor. The antimalarial drug was touted as a “game changer” by then-President Donald Trump, but has largely proven ineffective in battling the virus. Ward’s latest comment was enough for Senator Shope to renew his call for Ward’s resignation.






TJ Shope

“I have long demanded that she resign her position,” Shope said.




“I have long called for her to step down. I have long called for a new leadership of the State Party. It is time. It was time. We are going to have a very difficult year 2022 unless this is not happen,” Shope said. .


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