Danny Moore, the chair of Colorado’s congressional redistricting fee, was faraway from his chairmanship Monday after beforehand sharing conspiracy theories concerning the 2020 presidential election on Fb.
After greater than 90 minutes of debate, the fee voted 11-0-1 to take away Moore from the management publish, with Moore abstaining. He’ll stay on the fee and former vice chair Carly Hare, an unaffiliated commissioner, would be the chairwoman.
Moore is a Republican member of the 12-person Colorado Unbiased Congressional Redistricting Fee, which is tasked this 12 months with redrawing the state’s congressional districts. The fee is evenly divided amongst Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated members.
Moore, a navy veteran who lives in Colorado Springs and owns a protection agency, repeatedly declined commissioners’ requests to resign within the hour earlier than the vote and urged the fee to as a substitute vote to take away him. Afterward, Moore mentioned he was not bitter or resentful about his removing.
“My hope and prayer as we speak is that no different commissioner experiences what I’ve skilled,” he mentioned. “My feedback have been meant to create a broader dialogue round political correctness and the issues which might be impacting our society. I meant no hurt or malice towards any group or any particular person.”
On March 22, Moore was elected by eight of his 12 fellow commissioners to chair the committee, beating out three different candidates after a number of rounds of voting. The following week, information shops reported Moore had shared voting conspiracy theories on his Fb web page.
In current months, Moore has falsely claimed on Fb that President Joe Biden was “elected by the Democrat steal” and never “elected by the folks” — claims first reported by 9News. He has additionally claimed, with out proof, that mail-in ballots might be modified by mail carriers and ballot employees. He urged Republicans to make use of the courtroom system to “erase these good points” Democrats made within the 2020 election.
Final 12 months, he solid doubt on the deadliness and contagiousness of the coronavirus, accusing the media of mendacity about COVID-19. In October, he claimed that 9News “staged” a lethal interplay between a safety guard and a conservative protester by goading the protester.
Earlier than the vote to take away Moore, every of the commissioners spoke. They requested Moore to step down, known as his feedback troubling, and mentioned they distract from the fee’s essential and neutral work.
“Commissioner Moore is unfit to function chair and presumably unfit to serve on the Colorado Unbiased Congressional Redistricting Fee in any respect,” mentioned Commissioner Paula Espinoza, a Democrat from Littleton.