PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Days after a report that linked embattled State Rep. David Stringer to sex offense charges, a state lawmaker has introduced a motion on the State House floor on Monday to remove him from office.
Stringer has been the target of criticism since June 2018, when a livestream video emerged of him making remarks at an event that sparked allegations of racism. The video, which was streamed from a Yavapai Republican Party Republican Men's Forum, has since been removed, but it showed Stringer remarking that "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing school integration. Stringer also said in the video that if nothing is done about immigration, "the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed."
That video sparked calls for Stringer to resign, which was supported by Gov. Doug Ducey. Stringer later apologized for the remarks, but sparked further controversy in December, when a conversation Stringer had with ASU students was published. In the recording, Stringer was heard saying that African-American immigrants "Don't melt in. They don't blend in". When a student immediate fires back why it would matter, stringer responds by saying "I don't know, maybe it doesn't."
On January 25, the Associated Press reported that Stringer is under fire once again, after reports emerge he was charged with sex offenses in Maryland in 1983. The charges were reported on by the Phoenix New Times, based on a copy of the case history the newspaper obtained from the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in Maryland. Stringer's record was expunged, and a court official told the New Times the records should not have been released.
The official, Maryland Judiciary spokeswoman Nadine Maeser, did not respond to an email from The Associated Press. Stringer also did not respond to several requests for comment from the AP.
According to official election results by the Arizona Secretary of State's office, Stringer and the GOP's Noel Campbell were re-elected as State Representatives of District 1, in November's state elections. Stringer received 67,023 votes in the race. If Stringer is ultimately removed from office, he will be the second state representative to be removed within the time span of one year.
In February 2018, state house lawmakers removed Don Shooter, following allegations of sexual harassment towards women, including State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and former Arizona Republic publisher Mi-Ai Parrish.
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The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.