Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem credits Elon Musk for restoring his Twitter account

Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem credits new Twitter owner Elon Musk after Twitter suspended his account for no apparent reason on October 31 and the company restored it within an hour later.

He said it looks like Musk has come to his defense.

“He said, ‘Let me find out.’ Forty-five minutes later he posted that our Twitter feed was back,” said Finchem, the Trump-backed Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state.

However, it was unclear whether Musk directly intervened on Finchem’s behalf. Musk began laying off senior executives after completing the $44 billion purchase of the social media platform last week.

Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem, Republican candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, holds a t-shirt bearing a campaign slogan during a recent political rally in Prescott, Arizona . (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times)

Finchem said it appeared a “leftist” on Twitter had shut down his account just eight days before the November 8 midterm elections.

He said, “Of course,” it was politically motivated.

“I didn’t even know what we did to offend the political sensitivities of whoever was the leftist who decided to interfere with free speech,” Finchem told The Epoch Times.

“I’m very grateful to Elon Musk for taking action, which is what he said he would do when he decided to acquire Twitter.”

Finchem said Musk seems to “be getting rid of First Amendment haters out of this country.”

There is “no place for people like that. Because here’s what ends up happening: you start to see these social media platforms become regulated utilities.

” I do not want to go. Because whenever a government gets their hands on something, it never quite goes the way you want it to.

Finchem said he preferred a private sector solution to the Conservatives’ online censorship, “and I think that’s what Elon Musk did here.” He restored free speech, plain and simple, and he deserves credit for it.

If Musk’s behavior is a “leading indicator” of his new business model for Twitter, Finchem said he’s all for it.

“I think he’s going to make sure [Twitter is not controlled] by a group with one voice. I think it is important.

Finchem’s Democratic opponent in Tuesday’s election is former Maricopa County recorder Adrian Fontes.

Involuntary boost

Finchem said the “collapse of the left” on Twitter over his restored account gave his campaign a political “punch in the arm”.

In less than 24 hours, he said, 51,000 of his Twitter followers had grown to 71,000. He said there was no explanation other than people are angry at censorship.

“I feel like we’re going to see a big red wave. Many Democrats will cross paths, and they will be very specific about voting for policies. »

Could there be a November surprise from the Democrats?

“It’s too late for that,” Finchem said.

In the meantime, former President Barack Obama will be in Phoenix on Nov. 2 to support Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs and Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Kelly.

Allan Stein

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Allan Stein is an Epoch Times reporter who covers the state of Arizona.