Questions about Arizona State Representative Drew John and his fitness to hold office are being raised in light of the recent discovery that he has piles of unpaid taxes. John is several years delinquent in paying nearly $55,000 in taxes to the federal government.
John, a lifelong Democrat, who switched to the Republican Party one day before filing to run for State House as a Republican in 2016, has been surrounded by controversy for years.
John has failed to disclose his federal tax debt on his county and state financial disclosure forms as required by law, according to numerous sources. Failure to disclose the debt is a Class 6 felony.
His opponent, former Arizona Speaker of the House and life-long Republican David Gowan joined others who questioned John’s tax debt. “To find out that the same man who eagerly raises everyone else’s taxes on purchases, gas, and vehicles, doesn’t pay his own taxes, is deeply disturbing.
We all face challenges in life and I certainly appreciate that,” stated Gowan. “But for a tax-hiking lawmaker to not pay his/her taxes and to conceal that violation of the law from the voters for years is simply wrong.”
While John now runs as a Republican, he has supported increased spending and has voted for multiple tax increases. John signed a “No New Tax” pledge two years ago, but it has not stopped him from supporting new taxes as well as unnecessary regulation.
Gowan called on John to “immediately amend his financial disclosure forms, tell the
voters the full extent of his failure to pay his share, and inform the public how he
intends to get right with the law and the taxpayers of his district.”