Stephen Richer revels in blue spotlight, duped Republicans

GOP political newcomer clearly displays his leftist stripes

When the GOP-hating, Hillary-endorsing local newspaper is enraptured with an elected Republican, it’s a clear sign something is amiss. That is exactly what’s happening with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. The Recorder’s Office is regarded as a down ballot post, which few people can accurately identify either by the duties or the office holder.

In November 2020, Richer, the previously unknown Republican lawyer ousted the single term democrat and the victory tasted sweet, masking the toxicity aimed at conservatives that we were soon to see. Richer has appeared in a full-color, above-the-fold photo in a newspaper report standing beside democrat Sheriff Paul Penzone and using the prominently displayed word “unhinged” to describe President Donald Trump. Penzone, it should be remembered defeated six-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio with at least $2 million added to his campaign coffers by none other than Socialist billionaire George Soros who has resolutely donated to overhaul the criminal justice system in his leftist image.

This revealing account was published in Law Enforcement Today.

Displaying its newfound GOP defector poster boy, Sunday’s edition of the seriously declining local newspaper devotes two pages to a “Your Turn” column by Stephen Richer, titled, “Playing by an awfully different set of rules.”  This bold type face, foolish sentiment is directly below the headline:

Maricopa County election administrators conducted bipartisan hand-count audit of 2020 votes. Cyber Ninjas — Republicans in sheep’s clothing — recruited almost exclusively from the GOP.

Do those words sound like what Republican voters would expect to hear from a newly elected Republican? The newspaper, which always posts a photo of the columnist alongside the article, generously provides Richer a “haircut” by lopping off the oddly balding top of his head, making him look more palatable as he gouges Republican Senate President Karen Fann and the auditing firm which has worked around the clock with NINE online cameras making the process available to any interested party. Richer bizarrely concludes they play by a “different set of rules.”

His own election was hardly a runaway. Richer defeated democrat Adrian Fontes by a razor-thin 50.1% to 49.8%. In the primary he defeated perpetually losing candidate Clair Van Steenwyk (known as “Van the Radio Man”) by a 15% margin, which should have been far greater.

If Richer runs for any political office in the future, it should be as the democrat he has shown himself to be. It will be a rare display of honesty.

14 Responses to Stephen Richer revels in blue spotlight, duped Republicans

  1. AZ GOP PC says:

    In wedding vows there is a line which begins “for richer for poorer…” My take on it is we are all poorer for electing Richer.

  2. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    This is a quote from Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on the election audit: “There is no legitimate reason that would have prompted this audit.”

    Yes. He actually said that!!

  3. Casper says:

    I read Richer’s leftist partisan column in the newspaper dropped off daily at my front door by my democrat neighbor lady (after she finishes reading it) who I know thinks she can wise me up politically. We never discuss politics, but she has seen my political yard signs. I’d never pay for the garbage passing as journalism, which is often stunning to read if you know the facts.

  4. MAGA Hat Man says:

    Richer is Trump hating arrogance personified. He better hope he still has a job to go back to at his old firm. Few conservatives buy this newspaper, but I know many who read this blog. For good measure, Republican Briefs links to it every day it publishes.

  5. Realist says:

    The problem with first time candidates is voters are forced to rely solely on what they say and promise, since they have no track record. There’s no way around that, but we need to ask them hard questions.

    Good opening questions would be, “Have you always been a registered Republican? If not, when did you switch parties and why?” Who has been the most important political influence in your life. How did that person impact you?

    These are not questions they expect to hear, and their answers would provide a good insight into who they are and what they stand for.

    • Maggie says:

      Excellent suggestions! Unexpected, to the point and not giving them much wiggle room. We forget they want to work for us. We pay the salaries they would earn as elected office holders. We have a right to know more than the political fluff they toss our way.

      • State Committeeman says:

        Couldn’t agree more! Richer is an example of electing someone we didn’t know enough about. It would be interesting to know what his political “history” is.

      • Fooled Again says:

        Richer has shown himself to be a GOP interloper, conning his way into office. Once there, he has written off the Republican voters who put him in office. He’s irreparably severed ties with the GOP, the vast majority who voted for Pres. Trump. He may be educated, but he’s not very smart.

  6. Jack says:

    Thanks, SRAZ. I would not be aware of this political double cross if not reading about it here.

    There’s an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I definitely won’t be fooled by Stephen Richer a second time.

  7. Robert Gehl says:

    Came here to see if anyone is disproving or refuting his points, one by one. I see not.

    • K M says:

      The mere FACT that the democrats are fighting this audit tooth and nail, after having been invited to participate and declining, is all the evidence one needs to conclude that they are guilty up to their little necks!

  8. Karen says:

    I think its time to do a ‘recall’ on Mr. Richer before the 2022 election. Maybe Van the Radio Man would consider running again. We need to let this ‘rhino’ know not to miss with ‘We the People.’

    • Seen It All says:

      Not a smart idea on many counts. We need to focus on the upcoming elections and putting conservatives in office. Wasting time and money on a recall, which are rarely successful, will take our eyes off the ball. The place to take care of Richer is at at the ballot box. In the meantime, we know that’s he’s a fraud and we need to make sure we get the word out when he decides to run again.

      It appears you don’t much about Clair Van Steenwyk, an egocentric senior citizen who has never won an election though he’s been running for years. Last cycle he ran for two seats simultaneously and lost them both!! The guy is a nut job.

      BTW, RINO stands for Republican In Name Only. There is no “h” in it.