A Twitter account connected to Lake’s campaign shared a video of Liddy Friday night in which he is heard swearing and raising his voice.
Tensions are rising in the days after the election that has been called for Democrat Katie Hobbs to become governor, according to an audio recording of a call between a lawyer for Maricopa County and Kari Lake’s campaign for governor.
Lake had been preparing her supporters for such a fight before the election, making it clear that she would only accept the results if she wins. She and other right-wing politicians, including Trump, claimed that her supporters were “disenfranchised” as a result of long queues at the polls and glitches with the tabulation equipment.
In her video posted on Thursday, Lake stated, “What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unacceptable.”
According to The Washington Post, hours before she was predicted to lose, attorneys for Kari Lake’s campaign and the Republican National Committee telephoned a lawyer for Maricopa County, which is home to Phoenix and more than half of Arizona’s voters.
Representatives from Lake inquired about any issues with voting as early as election day. A lawyer for the RNC highlighted the significance of prompt answers toward the end of the phone call, according to Tom Liddy, a lifelong Republican and the director of the county’s civil litigation office in Maricopa.
He served as the RNC’s deputy counsel and is the grandson of Watergate’s Gordon Liddy.
The RNC lawyer, Benjamin Mehr, whom Liddy and others recognized as the lawyer, informed him that there were “a lot of angry individuals out there” that the campaign could not manage. In an interview on Friday, Liddy stated that he saw the statements as a threat.
On Friday night, a video of Liddy swearing and raising his voice was shared by Lake’s campaign. The Lake campaign did not respond to a request for the whole video, which was shot from the GOP’s war room at a resort in Scottsdale. A county official claimed that when he learned that the conversation had been filmed and released with only one side’s name included, he was astounded.
Liddy claimed he informed County Attorney Rachel Mitchell and Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone about the call.
This heated conversation between two Republican attorneys illustrates the underlying conflict inside the Republican Party regarding election management. In Maricopa County, Arizona, the second-largest voting jurisdiction in the nation, where that disagreement erupted into ferocity, it became the focus of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election.
After the midterm elections, escalating mistrust turned into open animosity, as seen on film. According to Lake, due to printing issues that hampered voting throughout Maricopa County, county officials should be fired and the results shouldn’t be validated.
In the call’s original upload by Jenna Ellis video, Liddy tells the RNC attorney that he once held the same position.
“You appear to be threatening me,” Liddy replied in response to Ben.
I am not threatening you, Mehr retorted.
Liddy replied that he thought Mehr’s remarks regarding Lake’s election-denying supporters were uncontrollable.
Lake has not given up.