GOP adviser on Kari Lake’s political career: It’s an Arizona degree

GOP adviser on Kari Lake’s political career: It’s an Arizona degree

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  • December 31, 2022
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Arizona Republican Kari Lake has no political future in the state, according to an Arizona GOP adviser after a Maricopa County judge last week dismissed her lawsuit over the 2022 election results.

Lake, a Trump-backed Republican who has repeatedly expressed doubts about the results of her gubernatorial defeat, announced that she will appeal the judge’s verdict. Earlier this week, she was also ordered to pay $33,000 in fees incurred by Governor-elect Katie Hobbs (D) and her team.

Chuck Coughlin, an Arizona-based Republican adviser, told The Hill Friday that Lake had self-harmed by the “deteriorating” state of Arizona’s institutions.

“I think the tremendous amount of malevolence she’s going to generate as a result of the appeal — I mean it’s fine to file a case but then some of the things she’s said in media and posts and just the humiliation of the Arizona institutions — I think that’s going to really hurt her out here,” Coughlin said.

“And I don’t really think she has a future in terms of her own voting space here in Arizona,” he added.

Former President Donald Trump hugs Arizona Republican Kari Lake at a campaign event October 9 in Mesa, Arizona.  Trump was scouting for Arizona GOP candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.Former President Donald Trump hugs Arizona Republican Kari Lake at a campaign event October 9 in Mesa, Arizona. Trump was scouting for Arizona GOP candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

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While Coughlin opined that Lake, Arizona’s political future looks bleak, he told The Hill that she could still be a “key proxy” in former President Donald Trump’s attempts to take over the state in the 2024 presidential election.

“I see it more as a stepping stone into the 24 presidential cycle and how she can be a spokesperson for a Trump candidacy,” he said.

Another Arizona GOP strategist, Barrett Marson, also hinted to The Hill that Lake could be a spokesperson for Trump.

Marson said he wasn’t convinced Trump, whose recent presidential campaign was marred by the Jan. 6 referral of criminal charges from the House of Representatives to the DOJ and a controversial dinner with openly anti-Semitic public figures, would win Lake as his pick for Vice President during his 2024 presidential election.

“If she had won that race, if she had become governor, yes,” Marson said. “But now — you can be many things in Trump World, but you can’t be a loser.”

Read the full report in The Hill here.

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