(3TV/CBS 5) - Embattled state Rep. David Stringer could face a recall election – if he's not kicked out of office first.
"Arizona Deserves Better" this week took its first step toward removing the Prescott Republican.
The organization filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office allowing it to start raising and spending money.
To force a recall election, the group will need to collect 25,000 signatures from registered voters.
Christopher Hanlon, the leader of the organization, says Stringer has created a toxic environment at the Capitol that is hurting the rest of the state.
But he is going to wait and see what happens with the ongoing ethics investigation into Stringer before moving forward.
The House Ethics Committee is investigating a pair of complaints made against Stringer, which could lead to his removal from office.
Those complaints stem from racially-charged statements he made about immigrants and minorities, and a 1983 arrest on multiple sex crimes that included child pornography.
According to the Phoenix New Times, who broke the original story about Stringer's prior arrest, the lawmaker maintains "he was falsely arrested and that he pleaded to a 'probation before judgement' on two unspecified misdemeanors, allowing him to avoid a conviction."
Stringer declined to comment.