Kelly Townsend

 
 
Co-Founder of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party and Far right Republican/trumpanzee member of the Arizona Senate representing District 16 since 2021 and previously was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2013 to 2021. From 2017 to 2018, Townsend was the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. In 2018, she stirred some controversy during a highly publicized teachers' protest for more education funding by responding to a constituent that the money in the budget that was set for other items to include a suicide hotline, training for police officers, money for Alzheimer's research, etc. would no longer be available. She also offered to help any teacher, parent, or student harmed by the illegal strike to find legal representation in a class action lawsuit and suggested that it was up to the lawyers to determine who the defendants would be. Representative Townsend was an ardent opponent of the political and ideological nature of the movement, yet maintained that she did support the teachers throughout the movement, despite the heckling online and at the Capitol. In 2019, she said that mandatory vaccination for children was "Communist". Following the 2020 United States presidential election, Townsend supported the "Stop the Steal" movement which falsely claimed that Donald Trump won the election nationally and in Arizona. Months later, she supported legislation that would require voters in Arizona who vote by mail to include identification paperwork along with their ballots. In 2021 Townsend sponsored Senate Bill 1503, which would, if passed, prohibit returning early ballots by mail and instead require them to be hand delivered.

Sources: Wikipedia, Ballotpedia & Vote Smart

Kelly Townsend Took Taxpayer Money, Cash From Pfizer To Fund Campaigns
"Republican State Senator Kelly Townsend ran her campaigns with taxpayer funds and took money from a laundry list of lobbyists and even big pharma corporation Pfizer as she climbed the ladder of Arizona politics"
Jul. 18, 2022
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate District 7
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 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: 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.
The FBI Subpoenaed Karen Fann And Kelly Townsend For Information On The January 6 Insurrection
"Fann, a Prescott Republican, hired and helped lead the “audit” of Maricopa County’s 2020 Presidential election results. She was also in communication with a number of Trump allies such as OANN correspondent Christina Bobb — who also worked for the Trump campaign and sent emails to Fann on behalf of Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani in December 2020 that included witness declarations, statements and expert testimony. Bobb’s non-profit would also supply volunteers for the “audit” itself as well as funding. Quintero also confirmed that Townsend, a staunch supporter of the “audit” efforts and bogus election fraud claims, was issued a similar subpoena. Quintero said she is not aware of any other senator who was issued a subpoena."
Jun. 30, 2022
Kelly Townsend Encourages Vigilantes To Camp Outside Ballot Drop-Off Boxes. Is That Legal?
"The Arizona Secretary of State's Office has rules in place for what citizens can and cannot do at voting locations. "Any attempt to intimidate, coerce, or threaten a person to vote or not vote is strictly prohibited and may be criminally punishable," the office's website states. Arizona law further states it is illegal "to practice intimidation upon or against any person, in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting for a particular person or measure at any election." “If they do anything to affect the people who are voting so that they are less likely to vote, or affect the way they vote. If they do that in any threatening manner, that would be illegal,""
Jun. 1, 2022
This Arizona Lawmaker Displayed The Nazi Flag On Twitter, But Hates Anti-Semites
Mar. 3, 2022
Shame On Every Republican Who Voted To Sabotage Arizona's Schools
"It’s not surprising that our leaders finally broke down and agreed to allow the public schools to spend money that’s already sitting in their bank accounts – money the Legislature appropriated last June. What is stunning is that 20 Republicans – 14 in the House and six in the Senate – actually voted to stiff the schools and to heck with the impact on the one million Arizona children who attend them."
Feb. 22, 2022

Trump-Anointed Arizona Candidate Has Questionable Ties To The Bundys, The Oath Keepers And The Controversial 'Constitutional Sheriffs'

 
"Kelly Townsend was serving her first term as a member of the Arizona state House in April 2014 when she traveled to Bunkerville, Nev. to support the Bundy family in their fight with the federal Bureau of Land Management.
 
The standoff galvanized the far right as hundreds of armed supporters streamed to Nevada to support the Bundys, along with organizations like the Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association, or CSPOA. The armed supporters ultimately forced the Bureau of Land Management to abandon its plan to round up Cliven Bundy’s cattle in response to his refusal to pay fees for the privilege of grazing his herd on federal land. Townsend and a handful of other Arizona state lawmakers was at the Bundy ranch two days later to celebrate the federal government’s retreat.
 
Townsend was one of seven state legislators summoned to Bunkerville in 2014 by CSPOA. The group also included Kelli Ward, who currently serves as chair of the Arizona Republican Party, and who like Townsend has pushed various bogus "audits" of the 2020 election. At the time, CSPOA trumpeted support from then-state Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs, who would become a key congressional ally in Trump's scheme to overturn the 2020 election, although by all accounts Biggs did not go to Bunkerville.
 
Earlier this month, as a member of the state Senate running for Congress in Arizona’s new 6th District, Townsend warmed up a crowd waiting to hear Donald Trump in Florence. Townsend laid out four issues: educational “indoctrination” (she touted vouchers so parents “can get your kids out of these cesspools”), border security, “medical tyranny” and “election fraud.”

Jan. 27, 2022

Trump-Supporting Arizona Politicians Push Election Lies At Florence Rally

 
"Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who's running for governor, began her speech with the theme of some of the other speakers, praising America under Trump and listing its problems under Biden. As did others, she called Trump “president” and slammed the 2020 election as “rotten to the core.”"

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"We are so blessed to have Donald Trump with us here today. We know the election was stolen,” state Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, said when she took the stage, echoing the sentiments of other speakers and crowd members, who cheered her in response."

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"Like-minded Trump supporters in the Legislature included speakers at Saturday's rally such as Rogers, Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, and former representative Anthony Kern, who's running for the state Senate."

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"“They attacked Donald Trump because he exposed them and their evil deeds,” said Finchem, who's running for Arizona secretary of state, a position that oversees state elections."
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"On Dec. 14, 2020, Kern and 10 other Arizonans, including state GOP Chair Kelli Ward and Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, signed a document that was sent to Congress. All 11 people were listed on the general election ballot as the would-be electors for Trump."

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"Borrelli pushed back on the fact that the belief in widespread election fraud that stole the presidency from Trump in 2020 was a “conspiracy theory.” He said there was indeed a conspiracy, but he claims "it’s not a theory.” He said the problem was “obstructionists” who oversee elections at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and in Maricopa County. Borrelli said that many of his peers in the Arizona House and Senate were behind him and other election deniers and that they were going to “tighten up the loopholes that these commie (expletive) have exploited.” The crowd cheered as Borrelli claimed that the “shamestream media” were hiding facts like “ghost voters” he said were found to have voted in Pima County in 2020. Pima County election officials deny there were any widespread problems with the election."

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"Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, the latter two national leaders in the spread of falsehoods over the 2020 election, also spoke at the rally"

Jan. 16, 2022

Pharmacists Would Have To Fill Ivermectin Prescriptions For COVID Under Arizona Proposal
"The way state Sen. Kelly Townsend sees it, if a doctor is willing to write you a prescription for ivermectin or any other drug, a pharmacist has no right to refuse to fill it — even if the manufacturer has not obtained federal approval for the drug to be used for that condition."
Dec. 7, 2021
CDC Warns Against Use Of Anti-Parasitic Drug Ivermectin For Covid-19, As Calls To Poison Control Centers Increase
A GOP Senator Likened COVID Vaccines To The Holocaust, Tweeted A Swastika And Told A Jewish Group Who Complained To 'Learn Your History'
"Sen. Kelly Townsend was sharply criticized by the international Jewish organization, the Anti-Defamation League."
Sep. 15, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Ask Gov. Ducey To Withhold Funding From School Districts Mandating Masks
"Several prominent Arizona Republicans issued a joint letter Wednesday afternoon asking Gov. Doug Ducey to withhold funding and begin legal action against school districts that are not following state [mask] laws."
Aug. 11, 2021
Is Sen. Kelly Townsend An Insurrectionist?
"Townsend was a major supporter of the “Stop the Steal” movement, which falsely claimed then-President Donald Trump won the election both in Arizona and nationally."
Mar. 10, 2021
State Senator Kelly Townsend Wants to Invalidate Mailed-In Ballots
Jan. 28, 2021
Senator Kelly Townsend - Oathkeeper
Oathkeepers: "heavily armed extremists with a conspiratorial and anti-government mindset"
 
Screenshot from Kelly Townsends Twitter account Jan. 17, 2021. Account now deleted.

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State Sen. Kelly Townsend Plans To Spew Unmasked Exhaust At The Capitol
Dec. 28, 2020
Arizona Republicans Back Texas AG’s Attempt To Overturn Election
"Arizona state Reps. Nancy Barto, Frank Carroll, John Fillmore, Mark Finchem, Travis Grantham, Anthony Kern, Steve Pierce, Bret Roberts and Kelly Townsend, and Sens. Sylvia Allen, Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan and David Livingston signed onto the amicus brief."
Dec. 10, 2020
Arizona Rep. Kelly Townsend's Anti-Mask Claim Lacks Proof
Jun. 8, 2020
State Rep. Kelly Townsend Avows Her Right To Put You (And Herself) At Risk For COVID-19
May 21, 2020
Arizona Rep. Kelly Townsend Is Outraged By Gov. Doug Ducey's Plan To Save Lives
Apr. 30, 2020
Dear GOP: Where Are The Ethics In Voter Suppression?
"The Republican chairwoman of the state House Elections Committee is very upset with a few Democratic members of the committee because they didn’t politely stand by while yet another voter suppression bill was being ramrodded through the committee."
Feb. 20, 2020
Arizona Rep. Kelly Townsend Contacted Man's Employer After He Criticized Her On Facebook
May 29, 2019
Rep. Kelly Townsend Amps Up Her Anti-Vaxxer Crazy, Comparing Vaccines To Holocaust Tattoos
Mar. 10, 2019
Arizona Lawmaker Kelly Townsend Compares Vaccines To Communism
"Is it "Communist" to require children to get vaccinated? Arizona State Representative Kelly Townsend thinks so."
Feb.28, 2019

 

HB 2706 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits transgender female students from participating in school sports, from kindergarten through college, in private and public schools.
Bills To Restrict Teachers Reawakens Red For Ed Movement
Jan. 4, 2019
Republican Lawmaker Takes Aim At Public Schools
Oct. 26, 2018
Battle Lines Drawn In Arizona Gay Discrimination Case
Dec. 24, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-16
Question 4: 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 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.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
Arizona Lawmaker Kelly Townsend Wants To Know What A Furry Is
May 4, 2018
Mesa Couple Call Lawmaker's Response To Red For Ed Email 'Rude' And 'Appalling'
Apr. 24, 2018

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Arizona Legislator Threatens To Sue Over Teachers' Strike. But Sue Who?
Apr. 24, 2018
Rep Kelly Townsend Presents Alternative Facts
Feb. 3, 2017
Dead Celebrities Are 'Druggies' And 'Tweakers,' Says Arizona Rep In Facebook Post
Jan. 3, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-16
Question 4: 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 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
2016 Legislative Preview: The More Things Change, The More That They Don’t…
Jan. 7, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-16
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: 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
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Arizona Legislators See Cliven Bundy As A Hero?
Apr. 19, 2014
List Of Arizona Republicans Who Voted For Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill
Feb. 28, 2014

 

SB-1062 - SB 1062 was an Arizona bill to amend an existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including Arizona law requiring public accommodation.

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Headlights:
  • It would allow anyone to assert a legal claim or defense of free exercise of religion in a legal proceeding, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding.
  • It would allow private individuals and corporations to assert religious beliefs in a way that could lead to discrimination against gay and lesbian, and other, Arizonans. This bill could embolden people to discriminate against anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs or religious practices.
  • If SB 1062 were enacted, employers could impose their religious beliefs on employees and businesses could refuse to serve customers despite state and local laws requiring public accommodations—like restaurants and hotels—to serve all people.

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SB 1178 - Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes an individual to use potential infringements of religious freedom as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding.
Highlights:
The proposed law would allow people to sue over an “impending violation” of religious liberty, (such as serving or treating a person perceived to be LGBTQ) as opposed to waiting until after the attack has occurred. It protects the practice or observance of all religions, including actions motivated by religious beliefs, against state and local laws or policies.

Constantin Querard's Taxpayer-Paid Bootlickers David Gowan, Steve Montenegro, Carl Seel, Steve Smith, And Kelly Townsend Do Their Master's Bidding
Feb. 26, 2013
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-16
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: 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 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Trump Plans Meeting On Arizona Birth Bill
Apr. 7, 2011
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-22
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: 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 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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