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County Republican and Democratic party leaders say Stringer should resign

District 1 Rep. David Stringer, right, R-Prescott. (Howard Fischer/Courtesy)

District 1 Rep. David Stringer, right, R-Prescott. (Howard Fischer/Courtesy)

Leadership from both major political parties in Yavapai County have now released statements saying State Rep. David Stringer should resign over recent remarks that local officials have termed “racially disparaging.”

Stringer was recorded in November telling Arizona State University students that African-Americans “don’t blend in,” and that non-English-speaking immigrants cause a “burden” to the U.S.

Stringer, who lives in Prescott, subsequently lost an Arizona House of Representatives chairmanship over the comments.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Yavapai County Republican Party Chairman Mark Sensmeier stated: “In June, a majority of the Yavapai County Republican Executive Committee supported a call for Rep. Stringer’s resignation, a call which has not been formally rescinded.”

He added: “I share Rep. Stringer’s concern regarding assimilation of immigrants. However, I believe that this is best accomplished by providing a welcoming environment that celebrates their individuality and their desire for freedom, not by using demeaning and racially charged language to scapegoat their ‘differentness’ as something for which they should be ashamed.

“Unfortunately, Rep. Stringer’s repeated failings in this regard have severely damaged his credibility to solve these problems,” Sensmeier added. “I personally feel he should step aside and make room for someone who can more effectively advance solutions which serve all Arizonans.”

The Yavapai County Democratic Party issued a news release on Monday, Dec. 3, which states that Stringer “must resign over latest racist remarks.”

The news release states that Stringer’s remarks “show not only that he believes only Caucasian people are representative of true Americans, but that black people are not equal to people with light skin.”

Yavapai County Democratic Party Chair Toni Denis added: “David Stringer has demonstrated once and for all that he believes that black people are not equal Americans through his odious comments to impressionable ASU students. We are adamant that he resign, and if he does not, we will do all in our power to work toward his removal from office.”

The news release adds that a recall effort against Stringer is being discussed. (See related story on 1A).

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