Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake responded Sunday to her campaign headquarters receiving “suspicious” articles in the mail and vowed to track down the person responsible.
Lake employees were reportedly exposed to a white powdery substance found in packages sent to their office.
Speaking to reporters Sunday night after a campaign rally in Queen Creek, Ariz., Lake was asked about the packages and the health of the exposed employees.
“I’ve been so busy campaigning. That happened. I was not in the office. One of our wonderful employees, a couple of them, actually got exposed,” Lake said. “And so far they’re fine. We monitor them and want to make sure everything is ok.”
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Lake explained that the substance was originally scheduled to be sent to Quantico, Virginia, for testing, but was instead sent to a closer lab.
“So we’re going to find out what it was,” she said.
The former TV news anchor explained that this isn’t the first time her campaign has been targeted.
“But listen, we’re in dangerous times,” she said. “This is not the first time we have been threatened. I have been threatened many times. Our tires were slashed. We got bolts drilled in our tires so our tires burst while we’re on the road “We live in dangerous times and that’s why we have to choose someone who’s strong and a fighter and not a coward. We’ll get to the bottom of it reason. I really don’t want to get ahead of myself.” “
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The Phoenix Police Department previously told Fox News Digital that officers were responding to a “call from property found in an office building.”
“When officers arrived, they learned that there were suspicious items in the mail,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Phil Krynsky said. “Additional resources responded to collect the items and secure the area. There were no reports of injuries and the investigation remains active.”
This is the latest in reported crimes targeting lawmakers, political candidates and their families in recent months.
New York GOP Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked by a man with a sharp object at a campaign rally in July. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, was hospitalized two weeks ago after being punched by a man who broke into their San Francisco home Last week, he was taken to the campaign headquarters of Hammer and the Arizona Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Katie Hobbs, burgled in Phoenix.
Lake and Hobbs face off in the Arizona governor race on Tuesday.
Lake, a vocal critic of the mainstream press, also attributed the rise in political polarization to the media during her remarks to reporters Sunday night.
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“We’re in such polarized times and that’s one of the reasons I got away from the fake news media because I realized the media is a big part of it and it’s playing people against each other. you want us like that? And I think Americans and Arizonans are a lot more aligned on these issues than you’re leading us to believe,” Lake said.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Kelly O’Grady contributed to this report.