One day after it was revealed that Kari Lake was offered a bribe not to run for U.S. Senate, the Arizona candidate and Trump ally is calling for the resignation of the state’s GOP chairman who made the offer to her.
Jeff DeWit has “gotta resign. We can’t have somebody who is corrupt and compromised running the Republican Party,” Lake told NBC News at former President Donald Trump’s victory party following his rout of the New Hampshire primary.
A secret recording of the call between Lake and DeWit was first uncovered by the Daily Mail in which the Arizona GOP chairman asked her how much it would take to keep her from running against Sen. Kristen Sinema (I-AZ).
“There are very powerful people who want to keep you out,” DeWit relayed, adding these figures were coming from the “east.”
“Just say, is there a number at which…” he continued before Lake cut him off.
“I can be bought? That’s what it’s about,” she shot back.
“You can take a pause for a couple of years,” DeWit continued. “You can go right back to what you’re doing.”
“No… 10 million, 20 million, 30… no, no, no. A billion? No. This is not about money. This is about our country,” she replied. “I’m not going to let these people who hate our f***ing 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.”
DeWit, a former state treasurer, has a combative history with Lake. In May of last year, she confronted him in a restaurant, accusing him of failing to support her allegations that she unfairly lost the 2022 gubernatorial race. Lake’s call for his resignation has been echoed mostly by conservative online supporters rather than other high-profile candidates or elected officials, though it adds pressure for President Trump to perhaps encourage DeWit – his campaign’s chief operations officer in 2016 – to gracefully step aside.
Add to the maelstrom that Lake does not need establishment East Coast money to finance her bid. She reported raising over $2 million in the first quarter since launching her candidacy.