The Arizona Republican Party has a new leader after a scandal forced former chair Jeff DeWit to the sidelines.
Gina Swoboda was elected at a party meeting after she collected a massive level of support that included former President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake.
“MASSIVE Victory for the Trump & Lake-Endorsed Election Integrity Warrior Gina Swoboda!,” Lake posted on X.
“Arizona Republicans voted overwhelmingly to make Gina Swoboda our new chairwoman, going into the most important election in Arizona history. Gina is a national leader in election law. She is a grassroots hero and is loved by Republicans of ALL stripes,” Lake wrote.
“Gina is battle-tested and a woman of great integrity—she understands that the White House and Senate Majority—and frankly, the survival of our Republic—runs right through State 48. President Trump and I were very proud to endorse Gina. We look forward to restoring Arizona’s faith in elections and winning BIG in 2024,” Lake wrote.
The Arizona Sun-Times noted that Republican Reps. Eli Crane and Andy Biggs of Arizona endorsed Swoboda, as did Charlie Kirk of Turning Point Action.
“Gina Swoboda is the stability that this party needs,” conservative activist Merissa Hamilton said, according to The Arizona Republic. “The fate of America runs through Arizona, and Gina has gone through decades of leadership experience. She’s the right person to lead the party.”
DeWit announced Wednesday that he is resigning, a day after the release of an audio recording made in March that revealed his efforts to encourage Kari Lake not to run for U.S. Senate.
In the audio clip, DeWit could be heard telling Lake, a leading contender for the Senate, that powerful people “back East” did not want her to run.
DeWit claimed he was “set up” and the recording was selectively edited.
“The tape speaks for itself: Arizona GOP Chairman Jeff DeWit attempted to bribe Kari Lake,” Lake’s campaign advisers Caroline Wren and Garrett Ventry told Fox News in response to DeWit’s allegations.
"Thankfully, Kari is an extremely ethical person who rejected DeWit’s multiple attempts to offer her money and corporate board seats in exchange for Kari not running for public office.”
Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma told The Arizona Republic that bouncing back from the recent turmoil is critical for the party.
“I hope we can find a way to get united as a party very soon because I think that matters a lot. It’ll make a big difference by the time we get to the general election,” he said.