Phoenix – Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon today issued the following statement about President Donald J. Trump’s endorsement in the Arizona gubernatorial race:
“I have a great deal of respect for President Trump and the hard work he’s done for our country, but I disagree with his decision today.
“The clear fact remains that Kari Lake isn’t a conservative or even a Republican, and she certainly isn’t the MAGA candidate in this race. She is a former registered Democrat who donated to Barack Obama and John Kerry, who refused to support Republicans, and who gushed over Dr. Fauci as he destroyed the president’s booming economy through perpetual lockdown, the severity of which she mocked. While conservatives worked to secure our borders, Lake supported weak, open-border liberals like Joe Biden. While conservatives called for stronger election integrity, Lake promoted the insecure practice of voting-by-phone because, at the end of the day, she simply does not get it.
“We’ve seen time and again that Lake can’t be trusted and isn’t being honest about who she is or what she’s done.
“She is a lifelong member of the liberal media who knows how to put on a show, and she will parrot whatever convenient political slogan is on the teleprompter in front of her to get ahead. She has smeared President Trump as ‘vulgar’ and ‘offensive’ and admitted in late 2016 that she was ‘not supporting’ him. There is no doubt in my mind that Lake would betray President Trump and Republicans writ large the moment things get tough, just like she has done so many times in the past.
“Over the course of this campaign, Lake will be revealed for exactly what she is: a fraud.
“I have a proven record of fighting for the Constitution, for conservative principles, and for the values that make America great, and I look forward to being elected as Arizona’s next governor and working with President Trump to continue putting our country first.”