Justine Wadsack

 

 
Far-right extremist member of the Republican Party representing District 17. She is a founding state house member of the radical pro-insurrectionist "Freedom Caucus". Starting in February of 2023 Wadsack also became involved with the virulently homophobic and extreme MAGA right-wing "Gays Against Groomers". Wadsack assumed office on January 9, 2023. Her current term ends on January 13, 2025. Wadsack ran for election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 17. She won in the general election on November 8, 2022. She campaigned as a "constitutional conservative," gaining popularity with her strong stance against mask and vaccine mandates and advocacy of Republican priorities like private school subsidies. Wadsack defeated incumbent State Senator Vince Leach in the Republican primary. Wadsack also ran for Arizona State Senate, District 10 AND United States House of Representatives, Arizona, District 2 in 2020 and failed. Wadsack is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 17. She is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.
Tucson Lawmaker: Real Estate Agents Should Give Homebuyers Political Information
"The way Justine Wadsack sees it, some people looking for new homes may want to be in a legislative district where they are represented by someone who shares their political views. Only thing is, the Tucson Republican said state laws now preclude real estate agents like herself from providing that kind of information. Ditto the districts for Congress, county supervisors or city councils. So Wadsack got members of the Senate Government Committee to vote Wednesday to not only repeal the prohibition but require agents to affirmatively provide that information to home buyers."
Feb. 14, 2024
Whose Ballot Did Justine Wadsack Post Online? Pima County Says It Couldn’t Have Been Hers
"A photo that Sen. Justine Wadsack posted on social media on Oct. 30, 2023, featured a ballot that she claimed was hers. However, Wadsack is registered at an address in the 85747 ZIP code (green box), which is in the Vail Unified School District, while the ballot includes a question about a Tucson Unified School District bond (red box). Pima County officials said Wadsack's ballot did not, and could not, have the TUSD ballot measure on it, raising questions about whether she broke state law by publishing a photo of someone else's ballot"
Nov. 2, 2023
Conservative Lawmakers To Speak At Moms For Liberty Town Hall In Mesa
"Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and other Republican elected officials are slated to speak at a Mesa town hall Thursday organized by Moms for Liberty, a "parental rights" organization founded in Florida that has been labeled an extremist group and has made national headlines in recent years for attempts to take over school boards and restrict teaching related to race, gender and sexual orientation." [ . . . ] "State lawmakers Sen. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, Rep. Justin Heap, R-Mesa, and Barbara Parker, R-Mesa, are expected to participate in a panel at the event. The panel will be moderated by Descovich, and attendees will be able to ask education-related questions." "Moms for Liberty was founded in 2021 by Descovich and Justice, former school board members in Florida, out of opposition to pandemic-related school closures and mask mandates. Its chapters have since made national headlines for attempts to take over school boards, explosive appearances at school board meetings and efforts to restrict the teaching of race and gender-related topics."
Sep. 13, 2023
AZGOP’s Senator Of The Year: 9/11 ‘Never Added Up’ And Was An ‘Inside Job’
"On the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Tucson Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack shared a fake transcript from United Flight 93 and liked multiple posts on social media alluding to the events of the day being a “false flag” and an “inside job.” “It was an inside job, a false flag, to steal Middle East oil,” read one post on the social media site X, formerly Twitter, that Wadsack liked. Another post that she liked said 9/11 was an “inside job” resulting in “millions” of deaths." [ . . . ] "“I made the decision to NOT trust my government THAT day!” Wadsack said on Sept. 12 in a reply to someone alleging government involvement in the attacks. “It never added up. Still doesn’t, and now look at the state of thing. (sic)”
Sep. 12, 2023
Arizona GOP Pounces On Viral Gender Identity Feud Hitting U Of A Nursing School
“I’m absolutely sickened that this institution of higher learning is perpetuating the lie that a person’s gender is based off feelings and not their God-given biological sex established upon conception,” Sen. Janae Shamp, vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services says in the release. “This is completely groomer garbage that strives to confuse our kids in an effort to cater to the evil that is being accepted by today’s society. As a nurse, I am so disheartened that the next generation of nurses are being hijacked of their capabilities to deliver ethical care.” Tucson lawmaker, Sen. Justine Wadsack, also is quoted." [ . . . ] "“If this issue is not immediately resolved by the university, Senate Republicans will weigh all options to make certain tax dollars are no longer used in such an egregious fashion,” said Senator T.J. Shope, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. “The mental health of our children and the state of our health care industry (are) being threatened by this radical ideology.”
Sep. 8, 2023
Wadsack And Supporters Target Critics And Recall Campaign Volunteers
"The state senator called one critic a ‘stalker’ and accused another of being a ‘registered communist’"
Jul. 24, 2023
How Facebook Led Arizona State Sen. Justine Wadsack To Claim Uvalde Tragedy Was A False Flag
“Newly uncovered Facebook posts show that Arizona Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack declared that the Uvalde, Texas, mass school shooting was a false flag event enacted to install “Red Flag laws and gun regulations.”” [ . . . ] “Wadsack has a history of embracing conspiracy theories online: She has tweeted the QAnon slogan and shared false claims about the 2020 election being stolen.”
Jun. 7, 2023
 
LD17 state senator Justine Wadsack appearing at a College Republicans United event alongside neo-nazi steamer Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet. When Gionet, who also marched at Unite the Right, was still living in AZ, he was charged for defacing a Hanukkah display at the PHX Capitol. More on Baked Alaska can be found here, here and here. Click here for more about David Stringer.
May 29, 2023
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Arizona Republican Said She ‘Barely’ Met With Lobbyists, But Her Calendar Shows Otherwise
"Tucson Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack said last month that she “ barely” meets with lobbyists after she faced criticism from gun control lobbyists who she refused to meet, but a copy of her legislative calendar shows the freshmen lawmaker meets regularly with lobbyists and special interest groups. “I don’t meet with activists. I barely meet with lobbyists. I am not required to meet with either. I don’t meet with haters either. I meet with the people from my district,” Wadsack said in response to criticism on Twitter. A public records request by the Arizona Mirror revealed that the majority of Wadsacks’ meetings were with lobbyists, many of whom do not reside in her legislative district. Wadsack’s calendar listed four meetings with voters from her district, and more than 30 meetings with lobbyists and special interest groups. Since January, Wadsack has met a number of lobbyists and special interest groups to discuss her bills and other legislative priorities. Those lobbyists represent a wide range of special interests, from public utilities like Arizona Public Service to car dealerships."
Apr. 10, 2023
Facing Recall, Wadsack Threatens GOP Control Of Arizona Legislature
"The Republican state senator's opponents have opted to try to dump her sooner rather than try to vote her out in 2024. They don't have a candidate but they have a sense of initiative in launching a recall effort against the freshman legislator. Wadsack has been a prolific lawmaker, unleashing her brand of hatred on the Capitol Complex. Books? Ban them. Homeless? Jail 'em. Drag queens? Imprison 'em. Guns? More! More! More! Wadsack is acting as if freedom is the obligation to do what she says. The record she's piling up makes her re-election by voters in suburban Tucson a dicey prospect and that's a problem for Arizona Republicans. Someone in GOP leadership needs to have a talk with Wadsack because she looks like death to the party's legislative majority come 2024. She may be the destroyer of their world because she's forgetting three things. First, she won by just 51 percent to 49 percent. That's not a mandate to rule as much as it is an onus to listen or else."
Mar. 30, 2023
Wadsack Recall Effort Underway
"Freshman Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, is facing a burgeoning recall effort led by her constituents in Legislative District 17 and out-of-district organizers frustrated by controversial bills and colorful comments. “People who do live in the district, retirees, are fed up and came to me because I have an organizing background,” organizer Christina Rodriguez said. She is one of three people pushing the recall effort and said her name won’t ultimately be attached to the filing." [...] The group hasn’t filed its recall petition yet but plans to in the second week of May. It will host five events each Saturday in April at Purple Heart Park in Tucson to drum up support. They intend to file in the first week of May and hope to overshoot the required 33,000 signatures by at least 2,000 since some may get thrown out in the verification process."
Mar. 27, 2023
Justine Wadsack Goes All  In For Gays Against Groomers
Mar. 26, 2023

Photo via Twitter

 
Not a surprise that rabid homophobe and 4th rate cartoon character Justine Wadsack (J-Wad) would be heavily associated with and supportive of Gays Against Groomers.
 
Arizona Senate Republicans Agree To Ban Books With Gender Fluidity, Pronouns
"Wadsack, a proponent of the violent QAnon conspiracy that a global cabal is sexually abusing children, has focused intensely on the “grooming” myth in her first year as a legislator and has sponsored other anti-LGBTQ legislation. She has claimed that Arizona schools are exposing students to harmful sexual content. To back up those claims, she has pointed to a book of interviews from transgender and nonbinary youth found in some Arizona high school libraries, titled “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,”"
Mar. 21, 2023
Wadsack Throws Barbs At Arizona State Bar, Refused To Offer Any Proof
"Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack has proposed a law based on claims that the State Bar told lawyers they would be disbarred if they took COVID-19 related court cases. But Wadsack wants you to take her word for it, as she refused to provide any evidence of those claims to lawmakers or to the Arizona Mirror. Wadsack’s Senate Bill 1435 would end the requirement for Arizona attorneys to be members of the State Bar of Arizona, instead moving the responsibility for licensing attorneys from the Bar to the Arizona Supreme Court. “I had hundreds, if not over a thousand people, who tried to sue doctors, state officials, county officials, city officials who were telling them if they didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, if they didn’t mask their children in schools, if they didn’t comply, that they would lose jobs or be kicked out of school,” Wadsack told the Arizona House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on March 8. “The attorneys came to me telling me they were restricted from taking any of those cases because, if they did, the Arizona State Bar would immediately disbar them.” The State Bar denies this. “The State Bar does not tell attorneys what cases they can take, nor does it advise attorneys they will be disbarred for taking certain cases, including those related to COVID-19,” Jessica Sanchez, president of the State Bar’s board, told the Mirror in a statement."
Mar. 10, 2023

The anti-Drag Storey Time Bill. This bill would apply only to libraries and other government facilities.

This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.

Arizona Senate Panel Ignores Own Attorney, OKs Bills Attacking Trans Students And Drag Queens

Elias Weiss / Phoenix New Times

Mar. 1, 2023

 
"Relentless Republicans advanced three anti-LGBTQ bills to the full Arizona Senate on Monday despite warnings that the bills might be unconstitutional."

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"SB 1698, sponsored by first-term Republican Senator Justine Wadsack, would add drag shows to a state law about "dangerous crimes against children." The bill defines drag shows as adult-oriented performances and compares them to bestiality, child sex trafficking, second-degree murder, and sexual assault."

Tucson Lawmaker Loses First Bid To Dump Cities' Rights
A bid to kill home rule in 19 cities was defeated Tuesday when two Republican senators who represent some of those areas refused to go along. But Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, who has been leading the charge because she is unhappy with Tucson’s system of electing council members, told Capitol Media Services she already is working on changes she believes will overcome their objections. And it would do it in a way that her SCR 1023 would be narrowed to save their home cities from losing their charters — and then affect only two largely Democratic cities.
Feb. 28, 2023

This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.

Take Your kid To Watch 'Mulan' And Wind Up In Prison? What Will Lawmakers Think Of Next?
House Bill 1698 would criminalize anyone who exposes a child to a drag performance. Take your daughter to see “Hairspray” and, by my read of the bill, you’d be guilty of a class 4 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. You’d also have to register as a sex offender. This bill is brought to you by Rep. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, a member of the House Freedom Caucus. Freedom, that is, unless you allow your child to watch “Mulan,” in which case you’d be guilty of a “dangerous crime against children” if said child is under the age of 15. I realize there’s political gold these days in demonizing drag but isn’t this just a tad … I don’t know … full-on, flat-out bonkers?
Feb. 1, 2023
As Hobbs Called For Collaboration, Some Republicans Literally Turned Their Backs
As Democratic lawmakers applauded Hobbs’ education agenda, Republican Sens. Justine Wadsack and Anthony Kern stood and turned their backs to the governor. Earlier, GOP Reps. Rachel Jones, Alexander Kolodin and Jacqueline Parker walked out of the speech. Midway through the speech, Rep. Jake Hoffman exited the House floor. “It’s unfortunate that some members chose an immature stunt instead, but we have really tough issues in front of us and we need to work together to stop them,” Hobbs said during a news conference after the speech.
Jan. 9 2023
Civic Engagement Beyond Voting - Fact Sheet For Justine Wadsack
2022
Arizona State Senator-Elect Told A Judge That 'Antifa' Attacked Her Home. Police Reports Show Something Else
She testified at the court hearing this summer that her family was accosted by people, some of whom she believed were affiliated with Antifa, since she first filed to run for office in 2019. Antifa, short for "anti-fascist," refers to a loosely associated group of left-wing militants who target neo-Nazis, racists and anyone they deem "fascists" for action that sometimes includes physical violence.
Protesters "were coming to my house," yelling anti-white insults and would "tell me I was going to die," she testified. She described a night when "Antifa" surrounded her home and were run off by police but returned in the early morning hours and tried to set the home on fire with "professional grade" fireworks.
Tucson police reports show a call to police due to loud fireworks in 2020. Yet if officers dealt with protesters at her home — Antifa or not — they apparently didn't write it down in their reports. The Republic asked the Tucson Police Department for all calls for service or other police action at her family's home from 2019 to present, and any reports associated with calls for service.
The reports do confirm some, though not all, details of two incidents that she testified about: a man showing up at her door and calling her names, and a dog biting her husband while he was out for a jog. But in both cases, Wadsack's court version was more dramatic than the one she and others gave to police.
Dec. 19, 2022
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MAGA Candidate Defeats Arizona Senator In Senate District 17 Primary
Republican primary voters from Tucson's northwest side, far east side and Rita Ranch area are embracing the party's MAGA wing, preliminary results for state Senate District 17 show. With nearly all precincts reported as of midday Wednesday, Justine Wadsack, who described herself as a "Pro Trump America First" conservative, was poised to defeat Vince Leach, a state senator seeking a third term, by an unofficial margin of about 1,200 votes. Wadsack, 48, opposes abortion rights, the teaching of critical race theory and mask requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She participated in storming a Vail school board meeting last year to protest mask requirements. Her endorsements included the Arizona Tea Party; Purple for Parents, an online group formed in opposition to the Red for Ed movement; and a group called Tucson Trump MAGA. She has appeared in election ads with Kari Lake, the Trump-backed choice for governor.
Aug. 3, 2022

 

And here's reality . . .

*Purple for Parents = "Purple Parents’ Hate Group Disrupts School Boards Across Arizona"
*GLSEN = "Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is an American education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools"

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BTW
GLSEN was never "ran out of Arizona" as the NAZI's insist. They remain across the state as of today.

Apr. 9, 2022, Source

Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day: Justine Wadsack
Mar. 30, 2021

Jan. 15, 2021,  Source

What Ever Happened To Them: Arizona Election Edition
Nov. 9, 2020
Candidates Spread Conspiracy Theory In Bid To Be Elected
Sep. 4, 2020
QAnon in Arizona Politics: A Guide
Justine Wadsack is a Republican running for a state Senate seat in Legislative District 10, which includes Tucson. She has voiced pro-QAnon sentiment online and engaged with a prominent figure in the QAnon community, Praying Medic
Aug. 25, 2020
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-10
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
GOP Trots Out 6 Extreme Candidates At Secret CD2 Forum
Jan. 21, 2020

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