Bribery Tape Forces GOP Official Out

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( – In the wake of a controversy sparked by a leaked audio recording, Jeff DeWit, the chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, has been forced out of his position and has resigned.

The recording, obtained and published by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, features DeWit offering Kari Lake a bribe to suspend her U.S. Senate campaign.

In the contentious recording, made in March of the previous year, DeWit is reportedly heard suggesting Lake could name a price to step aside from her Senate campaign and avoid politics for two years.

This leak has stirred significant backlash within the Arizona Republican circles, including from Lake herself.

DeWit, responding to the turmoil, announced his resignation with a statement accusing Lake of selectively leaking the audio to undermine the Republican Party. He expressed dismay over the situation, stating, “This is all such a distraction to [the GOP’s] mission that I am doing as Ms. Lake wishes and am stepping down as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.”

Lake, a prominent figure in the Republican Party who narrowly lost a 2020 bid for Arizona governor, urged DeWit to resign following the leak. She was forthright in her criticism, declaring to an NBC reporter, “[DeWit] has got to resign. We can’t have somebody who is corrupt and compromised running the Republican Party.”

The leaked recording has also prompted reactions from other Republican leaders. Maricopa County Republican Committee chairman Craig Berland indicated to the Daily Mail that DeWit should step aside if the bribery allegation proves true.

In the audio, DeWit appears to be discussing a proposal regarding Lake’s potential temporary withdrawal from politics, while Lake emphasizes her dedication to the country, remarking, “This is not about money, it’s about our country.”

Before this incident, DeWit had a notable political career. He took over as the Arizona Republican Party chairman last year and had previously served in the Trump administration as the Chief Financial Officer of NASA, a role unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

DeWit was also actively involved in Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaign efforts and was elected as the state treasurer of Arizona in 2014.