According to a Phoenix
TV station, managers of the GOP
partisan audit of the Arizona
presidential vote ignored complaints about sexual harassment
at the operation for weeks.
According to CBS affiliate Channel 5
, which cited several accounts from the women
, workers were forced to endure the harassment, even after submitting written complaints. One insider provided seven other written statements submitted to managers from “victims and witnesses” disturbed by the harassment, according to Channel 5.
The complaints centered primarily on one audit worker at the Veterans Memorial
Coliseum, which was examining 2.1 million votes
in Maricopa County
. The recount
, which included Phoenix, was launched months ago by state Senate Republicans
and only examined races won by Democrats
“Anytime he came across someone he thought was attractive... he would harass them — things like trying to demand dates, things like making sexual comments,” the insider said, referring to the man most complained about, who she said turned the comments into unwanted touching and other physical
The TV station has the name of the man accused of harassment but has not revealed it, nor have the identities of the women who have complained been revealed.
According to reports, the man made "several unwarranted and unwanted comments about my appearance" to one woman.
Another said that if she didn't return a compliment or react to his flirting, he would insult her. She also complained about unwanted touching.
Channel 5 reported that others had complained about him being angry and aggressive.
“He would seemingly randomly have angry outbursts,” one witness wrote, and “this issue seemed to stem from some type of anger over women having authority over him,” another added.
According to CBS 5, the complaints and witness accounts were dated in early May, but the male worker remained on the job for another month.
“We informed upper management, but he was allowed to remain on the floor for weeks,” a Channel 5 insider said.
State Senate President Karen
Fann (R) forwarded a statement to Channel 5 from the audit's "lead vendor" (who was not identified) stating that no written complaints about harassment were ever received, nor was the "lead vendor" aware of any other complaints.
According to a statement provided to Channel 5 by Fann's office, one manager who was "cussing a lot" and "apparently" told an "inappropriate joke" was "immediately fired."
The reported complaints from women are only the most recent in a string of serious issues with the audit, dubbed the "fraudit" by the media and a number of officials.
The audit is being conducted by the Cyber Ninjas
firm from Florida
, which has no experience with recounts. It is run by Doug Logan, a promoter of the baseless “Big Lie
” claim that the presidential election
was rigged, and who recently appeared in a new film spouting QAnon conspiracy
Workers for Cyber Ninjas have combed through the ballots looking for evidence of bamboo, which they believe would reveal Chinese election meddling, and a subcontractor recently transported voting
system data to a cabin 1,300 miles away in Montana
Qualified election officials have warned that a large number of the unsecured ballots have already been altered or destroyed, rendering them completely untrustworthy — and that voting machines have been tampered with, rendering them unusable for future elections
The Arizona Republic filed a special action in Maricopa County Superior Court earlier this week seeking financial records and audit communications from the state Senate and Cyber Ninjas. Few details about the audit are public, and the newspaper's previous requests for information were denied.
The Republic's complaint states
that Cyber Ninjas "was required to maintain and make available these Public Records by virtue of its performing a core governmental function funded in part by state taxpayer dollars," but "Cyber Ninjas has refused to do so."
The newspaper's attorney, David Bodney, stressed that "Arizona law
entitles the public to know how this audit is being conducted and funded, and the Arizona public records law does not permit the Senate to play 'hide the ball' by delegating core responsibilities to a third party like Cyber Ninjas and concealing records of government activities and public expenditures in Cyber Ninjas' files."
After several recounts failed to find any irregularities, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey certified the Arizona vote more than six months ago. Joe Biden
by 10,457 votes in the state, and by more than 2 percentage points about 45,000 votes – in Maricopa County.
Trump has told guests at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago
, that he believes votes unearthed for him by the Cyber Ninjas could be his ticket back to the White House
The full Channel 5 report is available at the top of this page.