UPDATE: DeWit has resigned
Kari Lake had previously announced that she had a huge salary and a job on a board of directors if she would agree to stay out of politics, but she had refused to name the person who offered the bribe.
We may now know who it was that made the bribe attempt. According to sources, it was RINO GOP Chair Jeff Dewit.
If this is true he should either resign or he should be kicked out of the party because it is unlikely that the bribe was coming from a conservative because she is a superstar. It seems much more likely that the source was a liberal. Lake told him to pound sand and then announced she would run for the Senate.
Two sources confirmed to me that AZGOP Chairman @JeffDeWitAZ was sent to @karilake's home (last year) on behalf of powerful people, to try to bribe her to leave politics. Kari obviously said no. DeWit must resign now. You can't run the AZGOP and want Kari Lake to be gone.
— Garret Lewis (@GarretLewis) January 22, 2024
Still, DeWit has denied the claim to multiple sources:
Multiple sources are reporting @JeffDeWitAZ has denied allegations. We are waiting for an official statement from @JeffDeWitAZ . Perhaps one of the "sources" wants to weigh in?https://t.co/VOvmbX1kJO pic.twitter.com/jmqX5fLu1I
— We the People AZ Alliance (@WethePeopleAZA1) January 23, 2024
Based on DeWit’s previous remarks, it is probable that he would try to get a pro-Trump candidate to stay out of politics, as he apparently did with Kari Lake.
In early 2023 a close friend of billionaire donor and former DeSantis surrogate Jim Lamon was intercepted on a phone call making anti-Trump remarks and declaring he was off the Trump train. DeWit denies the legitimacy of the tape and claims the tape was chopped up and put together to make him look bad:
Washington Post reported: