‘I don’t feel comfortable with Dominion [Voting Systems]’
A Maricopa County Board official in Arizona has resigned following the audio leak where he is heard criticizing the integrity of the 2020 election and fellow supervisors for their stance on the state-ordered election audit.
Supervisor Steve Chucri announced his resignation, citing “toxicity” and the impact of leaked recordings published by The Gateway Pundit.
The leaked audiotapes reveal Chucri as highly critical of what was done in the county, which has been clashing with Republicans over the 2020 election audit.
The county has fought the state’s efforts to get hold of the machines and data.
But Chucri appeared to side with the state Senate against his fellow county officials.
“I don’t feel comfortable with Dominion [Voting Systems],” he said, referring to the company whose voting machines were under a cloud.
The audio, which was obtained by The Gateway Pundit from March, where Chucri said opposition to the Arizona state audit came from supervisors’ fears for their margins of victory.
He also called the county’s audit of its results as “pretty bull****.”
In Janaury, Chucri was taped saying:
“I think it was done through dead people voting.”
“I think it was multifaceted,” according to The Gateway Pundit.
He also threw around the words “ballot harvesting.”
GOP @maricopacounty BOS @Steve_Chucri is resigning effective Nov. 5 due to a conversation disparaging his colleagues was recorded before the #azaudit and leaked to Gateway Pundit. pic.twitter.com/8wldECRLew
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) September 22, 2021
But he neither confirmed nor denied the specifics of the comments in his resignation statement but did acknowledge the recordings had done damage.
“In recent days, it has come to light that I was secretly recorded in conversations regarding differences with some of my colleagues about an audit of the 2020 election. The comments I made were during a very turbulent time,” he said.
“My colleagues have every right to be both angry and disappointed with me.
“I should not have made such statements and offer my colleagues heartfelt apologies,” he said.
In his statement, Chucri lamented the current state of political incivility.
“Unfortunately, the political landscape changed for the worst this year. The environment is wrought with toxicity — and all civility and decorum no longer seem to have a place.
“The fixation with the 2020 election results and aftermath have gotten out of control,” he said.
“I do not want to perpetuate the very problem I ran to eliminate several years ago. While I have had my differences with my colleagues, I have known them to be good, honorable, and ethical men.”
“The picture some individuals are trying to paint about a cover-up, scam, and other nonsense about my colleagues and myself is simply false,” he said.
Chucri’s then tried to put distance between himself and the leaked audio.
“There was no cover-up; the election was not stolen. [Joe] Biden won,” he said.