WASHINGTON (KAIT) - The Arkansas Democratic Party on Thursday called for the resignation of Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) in the aftermath of the Electoral College and a riot at the U.S. Capitol that left four people dead.
According to a media release from Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray, party officials say they believe the resignation is warranted.
“Representative Crawford’s belief and promotion of conspiracy theories about the Presidential election will render the representation Arkansas families have in the First District irrelevant,” Gray said in the release. “Crawford has spent his last term in a race to the bottom for the sake of relevance with his base, afraid of alienating fringe voters. Our leaders should step up and educate voters on real issues. Instead, Crawford promotes conspiracy theories and encourages people to keep believing in alternate realities.”
Crawford, who ran in 2020 unopposed, facing no Democratic opposition, condemned Wednesday the attack on the Capitol.
Crawford also told Region 8 News Wednesday that the challenges to the Electoral College vote Wednesday were allowed under the U.S. Constitution, saying that his language on the issue has never been incendiary.
“I don’t use that type of language and I don’t incite people to violence. And I don’t espouse policies that would incite people to violence,” Crawford said.