Kari Lake’s campaign has responded to claims made by Jeff DeWit, the former chair of the Arizona Republican Party, regarding a leaked audio recording in which appears to offer a bribe to Lake to abstain from the race, which he claims was a misleading “setup” by Lake’s people.
Nonetheless, DeWit resigned after the release of this recording (initially reported by The Daily Mail), despite claiming that it was not as it appeared.
In his resignation letter, DeWit acknowledged his voice in the recording. He described the audio as a “selectively edited” fragment of a private conversation that was more than 10 months old and taken out of context.
“Contrary to accusations of bribery, my discussions were transparent and intended to offer perspective, not coercion. Our relationship was based on friendship, and the conversation that is now being scrutinized was an open, unguarded exchange between friends in the living room of her house. I genuinely believed I was offering a helpful perspective to someone I considered a friend,” DeWit explained in his letter.
However, Lake’s campaigns has responded to these remarks, insisting that the content of the recording and attempted bribery is self-evident.
“The tape speaks for itself: The Arizona Republican Chairman Jeff DeWit attempted to bribe Kari Lake. Thankfully, Kari is an extremely ethical person who rejected DeWit’s multiple attempts to offer her money and corporate board seats in exchange for Kari not running for public office,” said Caroline Wren and Garrett Ventry, senior advisers to Lake’s campaign, in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Lake, previously a Republican candidate for governor in Arizona, is heard in the recording rejecting the idea that she could be influenced by money.
“This is not about money, it’s about our country,” Lake stated.
DeWit had taken over the leadership of the Arizona Republican Party last year, succeeding Kelli Ward.
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