Just named the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, one of Jeff DeWit’s first jobs last year was to try and bribe Kari Lake not to run for the U.S. Senate. The conversation did not go all that well. DeWit told her not to mention the conversation to anyone but of course it was recorded (they were in the same room) and of course, it’s now been leaked.
Calls are in for DeWit’s immediate resignation, naturally.
Update: He’s now resigned.
Source: Daily Mail
An audio recording obtained by DailyMail.com reveals the extraordinary moment when what appears to be Arizona’s top Republican official tried to bribe populist firebrand Kari Lake not to run in the state’s Senate race.
Jeff DeWit, 51, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, can be heard asking Lake, a close ally of Donald Trump, to name her price to stay out of politics for two years.
‘There are very powerful people who want to keep you out,’ he tells her in a conversation recorded at the start of March last year.
DeWit tells Lake, 54, one of the most public faces of the former president’s MAGA movement and a woman frequently spoken of as a 2024 vice-presidential pick, that he thinks Trump will lose and it is time to make way for someone else.
After asking her not to mention the conversation to anyone, he makes his first offer.
The dialogue between them sounds like something out of a mob movie. At one point Lake jokes that they’ll have her murdered.
‘So the ask I got today from back east was: “Is there any companies out there or something that could just put her on the payroll to keep her out?’
Lake reacts with indignation.
‘This is about defeating Trump and I think that’s a bad, bad thing for our country,’ she said.
Later, DeWit, who was chief operating officer on the Trump’s 2020 campaign frames it differently.
‘Just say, is there a number at which….’ he begins.
Lake cut in: ‘I can be bought? That’s what it’s about.’
‘You can take a pause for a couple of years. You can go right back to what you’re doing.’
Lake repeatedly rebuffs him and says she wouldn’t do it for a billion dollars.
This is not about money, it’s about our country,’ she says.
And so on.
And now confirmed by Lake that the audio is real.