Jeff DeWit, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP), resigned on Wednesday after an audio recording was leaked revealing him offering Kari Lake money and a job if she stayed out of politics for two years. Now, questions are arising as to who told DeWit to make the offer.
The former chair of AZGOP said “very powerful people” “Back East” were behind it. A source knowledgeable of the situation told The Arizona Sun Times that it was the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), naming Political Director Tim Edson. However, when The Sun Times asked the NRSC if this was true, the organization did not respond.
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas told The Sun Times, “The massive payola we long suspected flowed beneath the surface in Arizona apparently has been exposed at last.”
DeWit issued a lengthy statement after resigning, criticizing Lake for releasing the audio recording. He said Lake told him if he didn’t resign, she would release even more disturbing audio recordings.
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