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Kari Lake’s Senate Bid Is Giving Off Trump-Veep Vibes: “She’s Hedging Her Bets”

Kari Lake is ostensibly operating for a US Senate seat in Arizona, however the cross-country itinerary she’s mapped out to advertise her marketing campaign seems higher fitted to somebody with nationwide aspirations or a guide to promote. Since saying her marketing campaign on October 10, the pro-Trump media star, who was defeated within the Arizona gubernatorial election final yr, has logged a pair of visits to each Florida and Nevada and attended occasions in Texas and Colorado.

To some in Trumpworld, this can be a curious technique for a candidate operating in a extremely aggressive state. “A variety of it appears to be like and smells just like the form of stuff you’d do on the [presidential campaign] path,” a Trump operative stated, earlier than downplaying the prospect of Donald Trump really selecting Lake as his vp. “Personally, I don’t see it,” they added. “However clearly, President Trump is an enormous fan, so you may’t depend her out.”

In an emailed assertion, a spokesperson for the Lake marketing campaign denied that she is pursuing a spot on the Trump ticket. “[Lake] will not be fearful about who President Trump picks as his vp, however she is definite it is going to be an ideal choose,” the spokesperson stated. “She is targeted on successful her Senate race in Arizona. And he or she appears to be like ahead to casting her vote in Arizona for President Trump and whoever he selects as VP.” The marketing campaign went on to say that Lake “is devoted to successful this race in Arizona,” noting that she has held dozens of conferences and attended varied occasions within the state since launching her marketing campaign.

Within the aftermath of her loss to now Arizona governor Katie Hobbs final yr, Lake engaged within the characteristically Trumpian maneuver of refusing to concede defeat, claiming the election was tainted by fraud and misconduct. Her varied makes an attempt to show that argument in courtroom have up to now resulted in failure. However, she has illegitimately claimed the title of Arizona’s “lawful governor.”

Whereas the ex-president reportedly has his thoughts set on a feminine operating mate and considers Lake a first-rate choose for the job, she would little doubt make for an uncommon selection. Lake has no expertise as an elected official and little nationwide recognition to talk of, having spent the majority of her skilled life working as an area information anchor. It additionally doesn’t assist that some in Trumpworld have been postpone by Lake’s arriviste instincts. “The issue with Kari is she’s simply bought this actual ‘have a look at me’ factor occurring, and I simply don’t suppose she’s earned it,” one individual near the Trump marketing campaign informed me. “Clearly she’s bought aspirations past Arizona, proper, however right here’s the place I’m: Exit and win one thing…. It’s a must to win one thing earlier than you go off telling everybody you’re gonna be vp.”

Nonetheless, Lake is very telegenic and media-savvy, to not point out an election denier with an unimpeachable loyalty to Trump—qualities the previous president values above all else when selecting the members of his interior circle. Whereas showing on Steve Bannon’s present this month, Lake described Trump as a “large” and an “alpha male” who’s “proper on every little thing” and “really among the best dealmakers.” She proceeded to unleash on varied Trump foes, together with Florida governor Ron DeSantis and Iowa governor Kim Reynolds, whom she knocked for endorsing DeSantis within the Republican main. “We don’t have to have a main,” Lake stated of the Republican Get together. “We have already got an unbelievable candidate in President Trump…We didn’t have to have this sideshow occurring.”

Do these seem to be the phrases of a surrogate for the Trump marketing campaign or a Senate candidate targeted on her personal race? “She’s hedging her bets, completely,” the Trump operative informed me when requested that query. “However it’s a wise transfer as a result of if she loses, I believe there’s no query Trump would have a job for her.”