Jeff DeWit, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, has decided to step down from his position amidst a controversy surrounding leaked audio that suggests efforts to influence Kari Lake. DeWit acknowledges the audio but contends that it has been selectively edited.
The audio reveals a conversation where DeWit suggests a pause in Lake’s political ambitions, alluding to opposition from powerful figures. DeWit’s resignation comes in response to an ultimatum from Lake’s team threatening to release more recordings. While expressing displeasure at Lake for recording the private conversation, DeWit did not dispute the specifics of the implied bribes and veiled threats in the audio.
That’s the reason they’re throwing all of these bombs at us.
They know they can’t stop us.
We’re awake. We’re fed up.
We’re going to out campaign everybody else like we did last time. We’re going to chase those ballots.
We’re going to show up in record… pic.twitter.com/V7NyILUGQ0
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) January 24, 2024
In his statement, DeWit maintains transparency and denies any coercion, although the audio contradicts his claim that the conversation “never happened.” He chose to resign, hoping Lake would cease attacks, citing an undisclosed, potentially damaging recording as the reason.
DeWit accuses Lake of orchestrating a setup to control the state party but does not provide details on how he was misled. Despite regretting some statements in the audio, he maintains his belief that Lake set him up.
🚨 BREAKING: Jeff DeWit to resign as Arizona Republican Party chair after recording revealed he offered Kari Lake a bribe not to run for Senate.
It’s time for him to name names. pic.twitter.com/aVKfNQJwdt
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 24, 2024
The leaked conversation centers around DeWit asking Lake what it would take to pause her political ambitions. Lake, citing a threat on her life, discusses powerful individuals opposing her due to her independence. DeWit implies a bribe from these individuals, leading to Lake’s refusal, emphasizing her commitment to the country over financial considerations.
BREAKING: Arizona Republican Party chair Jeff DeWit caught on secret recording trying to bribe Kari Lake not to run for the Senate.
“There are very powerful people who want to keep you out,” he said.
At one point during the secret recording, Lake was asked to name… pic.twitter.com/9r1DoDzITD
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 23, 2024
Lake previously discussed the attempted bribe on a Sirius XM show, revealing an offer to halt her movement and political career. She rejected the proposal, reaffirming her determination to continue in politics.