Arizona GOP Chairman Steps Down Amid Kari Lake Audio Scandal
The chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Jeff DeWit, announced his resignation on Wednesday, citing pressure from GOP Senate candidate Kari Lake. This move follows the release of an audio recording by The Daily Mail, where DeWit discussed the financial benefits for staying out of the state’s 2024 Senate race. DeWit claims Lake threatened to release a “more damaging” audio recording if he did not resign.
Lake’s senior advisers denied the allegations, stating that DeWit’s claims are false. Despite the controversy, DeWit decided to resign, expressing concern about the contents of the potential second recording. He believes he was set up by Lake to gain control over the state party.
The Arizona GOP has experienced internal turmoil, with DeWit’s resignation being the latest development. The state is crucial in the upcoming 2024 elections, and Lake is one of the GOP contenders for the Senate seat currently held by independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The resignation adds to the ongoing challenges within the Arizona Republican Party.