In a bombshell development, an audio recording obtained by the Daily Mail has revealed what appears to be a high-stakes political maneuver by Republican elites. The recording captures a conversation between Jeff DeWit, the 51-year-old chair of the Arizona Republican Party, and Kari Lake, who is closely aligned with former President Donald Trump.
According to the recording, DeWit can be heard discussing a proposition with Lake, asking her to name her price to step back from politics for a two-year period. This request, if proven true, would suggest an attempt to influence the political landscape by sidelining a key player in the state’s Senate race.
Lake, a rising star in the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of Trump’s America First agenda, is known for her populist views and significant support base. The attempt to sideline her, as alleged in the recording, would be a significant move within the party, indicating that the Republican establishment is willing to go to great lengths to push out Trump and his top allies.
DeWit: This is back east. There are very powerful people that want to keep you out. But they’re willing to put their money where their mouth is in a big way. So, this conversation never happened.
Lake: This is crazy though. They should want me. I’m a great candidate. People love me. These people are corrupt.
DeWit: Is there a number at which…
Lake: I can be bought? That’s what it’s about…
DeWit: You can take a pause for a couple of years.
Lake: No… 10 million, 20 million, 30… no, no, no. A billion? No. This is not about money. This is about our country. I think it’s disturbing that they would even… that anybody would think this is…
DeWit: To be fair, even me, even me, I’ll say this. I want a fresh race right now for the reason that I’ve never seen anyone, I can’t think of a single person in a federal race who’s lost ran in and won. I can’t think of it. If you can think of it, let me know.
Lake: I’m not going to let these people who hate our f*cking country tell me not to run. I’m not going to let these people who hate our country tell me not to run. You should call them and tell them to get behind me.
The emergence of the audio has the potential to significantly impact the dynamics within the Arizona Republican Party, particularly concerning the upcoming Senate race. It also raises questions about the ethical and legal implications of such an offer.
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