Dismal Voting Record, Support for Restrictive Abortion Laws, Anti-LGBTQ+ Rhetoric, Opposition to Respect for Marriage Act and Nondiscrimination Protections All Show a Politician Out of Touch With His Constituents
PHOENIX, Arizona — As Arizona voters head to the polls, Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) is calling attention to the anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice record of incumbent Rep. David Schweikert, who is up for reelection. Rep. Schweikert received a score of 0 out of 100 on HRC’s recently released Congressional Scorecard for the 117th Congress, which scored members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support — including votes in the Senate to confirm historic, pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and judicial nominees, as well as co-sponsorships on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ+ people and their families.
“Rep. Schweikert has failed for more than a decade to protect the LGBTQ+ community, and his score of 0 out of 100 on our Congressional Scorecard is one more data point that demonstrates it,” said Human Rights Campaign Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe. “The majority of Arizonans are pro-choice, pro-equality and pro-democracy. They want leaders who will protect our families, our right to vote and our rights to make decisions about our own bodies. Rep. Schweikert has shown time and again that he does not support those freedoms and that he’s the wrong person to represent our state.”
Schweikert has a long, regressive track record of anti-LGBTQ+ actions. He opposes non-discrimination protections, access to abortion and marriage equality. He sought to add an amendment to the Constitution that said marriage was only the union between men and women.
After the Pulse Nightclub shooting — an a day when millions of Americans attended pride parades, all of them in one way or another honoring the 49 Orlando nightclub victims — Schweikert posted a photo that mocked transgender people.
The other members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation earned the following scores:
Sen. Mark Kelly (D): 92
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D): 87
Tom O’Halleran (D): 100
Ann Kirkpatrick (D): 100
Raúl Grijalva (D): 100
Paul Gosar (R): 0
Andy Biggs (R): 0
Ruben Gallego (D): 100
Debbie Lesko (R): 0
Greg Stanton (D): 100
David Schweikert is A Candidate Out of Step With Arizona
Polling released in September by HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support a law “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage.”
Similarly, in a poll released earlier this year by PRRI, 77% of Arizona respondents supported LGBT non-discrimination protections, 67% opposed religiously based service refusals, and 69% supported marriage equality.
When it comes to abortion, a New York Times analysis of various polls over the past decade showed that 54% of Arizona residents favor abortion access.
HRC’s Commitment to Arizona
Equality Voters, including the nearly 1.3 million in Arizona, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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