Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s campaign responded after their headquarters was closed after staff found envelopes with a white, powdery substance inside.
The campaign headquarters received two envelopes with the “suspicious white powder,” according to a Washington Examiner report. The report added the incident generated a massive police response Saturday that shuttered the Republican’s base of operation days before Election Day.
A member of the campaign staff opened an envelope delivered to the office that contained “suspicious white powder,” said Lake spokesman Ross Trumble Saturday.
“It was one of two envelopes that were confiscated by law enforcement and sent to professionals at Quantico for examination, and we are awaiting details,” Trumble added.
The staff member who opened the envelope is under medical supervision, according to a statement from Lake’s campaign. The staffer has reported no symptoms, according to NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard.
“Yesterday, a member of the Kari Lake staff opened an envelope delivered to our campaign office that contained suspicious white powder,” the Lake campaign said in a statement reported by CNN. “It was one of two envelopes that were confiscated by law enforcement and sent to professionals at Quantico for examination, and we are awaiting details. The staff member is currently under medical supervision.”
“Just two days before Election Day, our campaign headquarters remains shut down. We look forward to law enforcement completing their investigation as quickly as possible. Rest assured, we are taking this security threat incredibly seriously, and we are thankful for the Phoenix PD, FBI, first responders, bomb squad, and HazMat crews that responded to this incident. In the meantime, know that our resolve has never been higher and we cannot be intimidated,” the statement added.
It remains to be seen if closing the campaign headquarters two days before the election will impact voter turnout or affect the outcome of the campaign.
If the U.S. Postal Service delivered the envelopes, it is very unlikely the suspicious powder is anthrax. The Postal Service employs a Biohazard Detection System that samples DNA to detect anthrax in U.S. mail. It was put in place beginning in 2001 after a number of letters containing anthrax were delivered to politicians and media.
“Since the deployment of the BDS at all 321 Postal plants in the nation, there have been no positive alerts for anthrax,” according to information on the Postal Service’s website.
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