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Former lawmaker talks holding elected leaders accountable

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 11:43am
Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 6:13pm
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Accountability has become kind of a buzz word in politics as elected officials look to hold others accountable. But how far does that extend to those politicians themselves?

State Sen. Wendy Rogers, for example, was censured by her colleagues for making threatening and violent comments, although her association with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist was not part of the official censure read on the Senate floor. And even after the bipartisan vote to censure, Rogers was able to use it as a fundraising tool.

Another example: Former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel had rebuffed calls for her to step down amid division chiefs questioning her ability to lead the office, as well as her sobriety. That changed this week, as she resigned.

So how can voters hold their elected leaders accountable?

To find out, The Show spoke with former state lawmaker Ethan Orr; he’s now associate director for agriculture, natural resources and economic development for the University of Arizona.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The conversation took place before Adel announced her resignation.

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