Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer’s political prospects were dim already, prompting him to announce his intention to not run again for office, but on Thanksgiving they were completely snuffed out by President Donald Trump.
“Great news for Arizona,” tweeted Trump, “Senator Paul Boyer, a RINO obstructionist, is done. Congratulations to Karen Fann and all of the other Republican Patriots who have worked so hard to reveal the Presidential Election Fraud of November 3rd!”
Lifelong Republican (3+ years) and now Florida retiree gets to determine who the real Republicans are 😆
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving America! pic.twitter.com/zOIikxMvWB
— Paul Boyer (@PaulDBoyer) November 27, 2021
Boyer is one of the least popular Republicans currently holding office in Arizona, ranking at the bottom of the list with other prominent anti-Trump electeds like County Supervisors Jack Sellers and Bill Gates, and County Recorder Stephen Richer
Facing mounting unpopularity and changing boundary lines thanks to redistricting, Boyer was given little chance for victory in the 2022 Republican Primary. He was so unpopular that Senate President Karen Fann helped raise money for former State Representative Anthony Kern, Boyer’s announced opponent. Fann stopped short of endorsing Kern, telling the tabloid, The Yellow Sheet, that as a Republican she supports those who have Republican values.
“As founder and co-chair of the Victory Fund, my job is to raise money to make sure we elect Republicans and keep our majority,” Fann told The Yellow Sheet. “So, it is not prudent for me to take sides in any legislative race … I have told pretty much everybody time permitting I will help with fundraisers for just about any of them.”
Kern is a Trump supporter and was at the protest at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Boyer’s decision to repeatedly hold up the budget during legislative sessions for the likes of the trial lawyers and public service employees’ unions had earned him the ire of many Republicans in and out of the Capitol, along with taking the lead on bills beloved by Democrats, like this year’s SB1420 to force school districts to recognize Consular ID cards from Mexico and El Salvador. But it was his constant criticism of the Senate audit of the 2020 General Election, and his refusal to provide the needed 16th vote to press for its successful conclusion, that alienated him from Republican grassroots activists across the state.