(3TV/CBS 5) - Embattled state Rep. David Stringer could face a recall election  if he's not kicked out of office first.

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"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.

[RELATED: Rep. David Stringer targeted with 2nd ethics complaint]

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.

[RELATED: Rep. Stringer faces more calls to resign after blockbuster report]

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.


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This article does a horrible job of explaining what he has done that is so toxic. Or why he needs to be recalled. There are insinuations and hearsay. Town hall gave an article that shows how he was set up in an interview with college students. I do not know if he is a saint or a creep. Neither does anyone else with this type of article. I don't know him, but I recognize mudslinging in an article. You design an article to be super negative about the guy, then use his "no comment" as a method to bolster your pronouncement of guilt. Pay attention, class. There are signs of fake news, but you must learn to look for them.


Yes, let's make sure that people who say things we don't agree with get ostracized and kicked out of office.......


"...if he's not kick out"? Kicked?


what does your prissy little snowflake mind demand as an appropriate word? What a wuss.


Gee a high percentage of our federal representatives have arrest records. One president even lied under oath. What is the difference?



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