Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) ponied up $500,000 for TV ads targeting Arizona Republicans, such as Kari Lake, who she considers election deniers.
The 30-second ad included remarks Cheney made in Tempe, Arizona, earlier this month when she spoke to a McCain Institute group.
“I don’t know that I have ever voted for a Democrat, but if I lived in Arizona, I absolutely would,” Cheney remarks in the ad.
“If you care about the survival of our republic, we cannot give people power who will not honor elections,” Cheney adds while video of Lake and Republican candidate for secretary of state Mark Finchem is displayed.
The Wyoming congresswoman will soon be out of job after she lost the Republican primary in a resounding defeat to Harriet Hageman. Her message to Republicans does not carry the same gravitas it did before she became a GOP pariah.
In fact, her ad generated a response from one of her targets that she probably never expected.
Lake, the Republican Party’s Arizona gubernatorial candidate, thanked her for the ad urging Arizona voters to reject her at the ballot box.
“Thank you for your generous in-kind contribution to my campaign,” Lake said to Cheney in a letter, dated Friday. “Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite. Our campaign donations are skyrocketing and our website nearly crashed from traffic as people rushed to learn more about my plan to put Arizona first and join our historic political movement.”
Lake’s Democratic opponent is current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs whom Cheney crossed party lines to support. Real Clear Politics shows Lake leading the race by three percent with less than two weeks until Election Day.
Lake, an ardent supporter of former President Trump, trailed Hobbs by seven points less than a month ago but surged recently. The former journalist has been highly critical of the press coverage her campaign has received. She blasted Arizona media for implicating her team in a break-in at a Hobbs campaign office. Police arrested a homeless man but have not yet made public his motive.
“My desperate opponent, who is sinking like lead weight in water, pulled a stunt, and you guys fell for it,” Lake chastised reporters Friday. “She put out a defamatory statement, and you all ran with it. You didn’t do your journalistic duty.”
“It was malpractice of journalism that I’ve never seen before.”
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