During a speech on Saturday, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said she had recently been offered a bribe to leave politics.
At the CPAC in Maryland, Lake said she had been approached by ‘powerful people’ who had bribed her to leave politics. There have been rumors that Lake, a rising star in the Republican Party, could possibly run for vice president or the U.S. Senate in 2024.
Lake reported to the crowd on Saturday that someone had knocked on her door this week after calling her beforehand to say they needed to speak with her in person because the conversation could not happen over the phone. She added that they came to her door and tried to bribe her into getting out of politics.
She said she’s telling people this because of how disgusting politics is.
Lake informed the audience that the bribe consisted of a high-ranking post, a substantial salary increase, and a seat on a board. The person before her had been sent there by influential people in the east. She stated they want her out of politics without providing specifics about the board position or the organization.
However, Lake did not disclose any additional information regarding the group or the identity of the person in question. There was no response when her camp was contacted for comment.
Once an Arizona T.V. news anchor, Lake left her post in 2021 to run for governor in the upcoming midterm election of 2022. Earlier this year, Democrat Katie Hobbs took the oath of office as governor. Even still, Lake has appealed the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the election results from November 8.
Straw polls of potential presidential and vice presidential candidates are a staple of CPAC’s yearly convention. This year’s CPAC straw poll was dominated by former President Donald Trump, who received 62% of the vote, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis received around 20%.
Participants at the conference voted overwhelmingly in favor of Lake for vice president. According to the polls, Lake received 20% of the support, DeSantis came in second with 14%, and Nikki Haley came in third with 10% of the vote for the Republican Party’s running mate.
Lake said she is considering a bid for office after being asked if she was interested in the position; however, the court case is her top priority, and she is confident in her ability to convince the judge to rule in her favor.
Although Lake’s attorneys claimed many problems at Maricopa County voting places on Election Day, Judge Peter Thompson of Maricopa County dismissed their lawsuit that December. They have requested a new vote or that Lake be declared the victor.
The Arizona Court of Appeals rejected Lakes’ appeal last month, saying she failed to submit sufficient evidence in her election lawsuit.
Lake said on Twitter on March 2 that she will be filing an appeal with the state Supreme Court.
Lake also announced filing a landmark case concerning Arizona’s election integrity through Twitter, adding to her tweet that American voters have faith in the lawyers. For the sake of Justice, pray. Pray for the Judges. Pray for America.