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Arizona city leaders want lawmaker out over race comments

Posted: 1:39 PM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-04 20:39:26Z
David Stringer

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona city council has voted to demand the resignation of a Republican state lawmaker whose remarks on race and immigration have led to a growing backlash.

Tuesday's 6-1 vote by the Prescott City Council comes just days after the latest remarks by Rep. David Stringer were published by the Phoenix New Times. He had ignored calls for him to resign from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey after similar comments this summer and was easily re-elected last month.

Stringer recently told Arizona State University students that African Americans "don't blend in" and said Somali immigrants don't look like "every other kid" as previous European immigrants do.

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli said Springer has "forgotten the moral compass of our great county" and must step down.