Jeff DeWit’s Resignation and Leaked Conversation
In the aftermath of a leaked conversation with Kari Lake, Jeff DeWit, former chair of the Arizona Republican Party, stepped down from his position.
The leaked conversation, reported by DailyMail.com, portrayed DeWit allegedly offering Lake a bribe not to run again.
This development set the stage for a tumultuous meeting of party officials in Phoenix, where a replacement for DeWit was to be selected.
Kari Lake Booed at Arizona Republican Party Meeting
During the Arizona Republican Party meeting, Kari Lake faced a hostile reception from attendees.
Divisions within the party emerged as some applauded Lake, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, while others accused her of orchestrating the leak to incriminate DeWit.
Lake’s attempt to advocate for Gina Swoboda as the new party chair was met with a minute-long booing, reflecting the deep-seated tensions.
Lake’s Defense Amidst Chaos
Attempting to make her case amidst the disruptions, Lake addressed the audience, acknowledging differences in opinions but emphasizing the need to address the perceived corruption in Arizona elections.
The divisive atmosphere mirrored the party’s internal struggles, exacerbated by fundraising challenges and the recent resignation of DeWit.
Party Infighting and Trump’s Canceled Appearance
The Arizona Republican Party finds itself in a crisis, with factions blaming each other for fundraising issues. After DeWit’s resignation, Donald Trump canceled an appearance at the party’s ‘Freedom Fest,’ causing financial setbacks in a crucial election year.
Vera Gebran, a former state chair candidate, noted that Lake’s hostile reception stemmed from a perception that she had gone too far.
Accusations and Allegations
Lake, a former TV news anchor, gained notoriety for her claims of election fraud after a failed gubernatorial run. Accusations of wearing a wire to set up DeWit emerged during the meeting, intensifying the party’s internal strife.
Last year, Lake alleged an attempt to bribe her not to run again, leading to the leaked audio of her conversation with DeWit. Critics argue that withholding the audio for 10 months aimed at dividing the party.
DeWit’s Resignation and Lake’s Response
Jeff DeWit, previously COO for Trump’s campaigns and chair of the Arizona Republican Party, resigned amid the controversy.
He accused Lake of setting him up, claiming that her team gave him an ultimatum: resign or face the release of a more damaging recording.
DeWit expressed regret for his words but accused Lake of deceptive tactics and selectively editing the audio.
Amidst the chaos, the Arizona Republican Party faces a critical juncture, grappling with internal divisions, leadership changes, and the aftermath of a leaked conversation that has further strained party unity.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn