Far-right Republican Kari Lake is locked in a close contest for Arizona governor – but it looks like she won’t be able to count on the support of the state’s Republican attorney general anytime soon.
During an appearance on 60 minutes Last Sunday, Mark Brnovich called Ms Lake a con artist and implied she was a ‘clown’ for her election denial.
“I think there are a lot of clowns who saw what they wanted to see,” Brnovich said, referring to people who have denied the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election result. is this a Simon and Garfunkel line? “A man sees what he wants to see and ignores the rest? »
Arizona, a state president Joe Biden narrowly won over former President Donald Trump, was one of the few states where Republicans made allegations of fraud. Ms Lake, a former TV news presenter, helped lead efforts to challenge the results and continued to baseless claims that the election was stolen.
“We had a fraudulent election, a fake election, and we have an illegitimate election,” Ms. Lake falsely claimed in a replayed clip on the CBS program.
Ms Lake has emerged as Mr Trump’s favorite largely because of her stance on the election. Mr Trump even told Arizona’s Republican candidate for the US Senate, Blake Masters, to take after Ms Lake in his own electoral denalism.
Mr Brnovich, who finished a distant third behind Mr Masters and Jim Lamon in the Republican Senate primary earlier this year, was unimpressed – calling the voter fraud allegations “*** horses”.
“It’s like a giant scam, in some ways,” Mr. Brnovich said.
Mr Brnovich has a limited term as attorney general and will step down from elective office early next year. The race to replace him features a Republican candidate, Abraham Hamadeh, who is also an election denier. Polls showed a competitive race between Mr Hamadeh and Democrat Kris Mayes, the commissioner of the Arizona Corporation.
Ms Lake, meanwhile, has emerged as a slight favorite to defeat Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in the gubernatorial race. The Election Forecaster FiveThirtyEight gives Ms. Lake a nearly two-in-three chance of becoming one of the most right-wing governors in the country.
It’s a frightening prospect for democracy advocates, who seem to have deeply frustrated Mr. Brnovich.
“As prosecutors, we deal with facts and evidence, and I’m not like the clowns who throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks,” Brnovich said.