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Arizona’s Republican governor’s candidate Kari Lake shut down a campaign office after an envelope containing “suspicious white powder” was delivered to the property on Saturday, according to reports.
An employee of the candidate unknowingly opened the envelope and is now under “medical supervision,” campaign spokesman Colton Duncan told CNN.
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The FBI will analyze the item in its lab in Virginia, and agents did not say whether they confirmed the powder was harmful.
“It was one of two envelopes seized by police and sent to professionals in Quantico for investigation, and we are awaiting details,” Duncan reportedly said.
While Lake took the threat seriously, Duncan said, she wouldn’t be deterred. “In the meantime, know that our determination has never been greater and we cannot be intimidated,” Duncan added. “We will continue to go full steam ahead to win this election.”
Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State and Lake’s opponent in Tuesday’s election, denounced the incident. “The reported incident at the Kari Lake campaign office is incredibly worrying and I am grateful that she and her staff were not harmed,” said Hobbs’ campaign. “Political violence, threats or intimidation have no place in our democracy. I strongly condemn this threatening behavior against Lake and her staff.”
This case ensnaring Lake’s office comes amid heightened concerns about political violence surrounding Tuesday’s 2022 midterm elections and unrest in general. Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, was clubbed to death on October 28 by a home intruder who brandished a hammer in an attack that authorities say was politically motivated.
In June, California resident Nicholas John Roske was arrested near the Maryland home of US Judge Brett Kavanaugh for allegedly attempting to kill the lawyer. Roske, who has pleaded not guilty, is said to have told a police officer he was angry about the then-draft Supreme Court opinion that overturned federal abortion rights established by the landmark Roe v Wade case.
Threats against politicians have skyrocketed in recent years, with the US Capitol Police saying they will investigate 9,625 threats against lawmakers in 2021, which began with supporters of Donald Trump launching an attack on the congressional session declaring the former president’s defeat to Joe Biden confirmed. That toll was about a threefold increase from 2017, the Capitol Police Department said.
While members of the US House now receive a $10,000 security allowance, the allowance has been criticized as insufficient.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) warned on Oct. 27 that extremists could target political events and polling stations ahead of Tuesday’s race.
A polling station in New York City was closed for several hours on Sunday after a bomb threat. authorities said:. The threat was reportedly aimed at the school where the location was located.
The NYPD said this threat was neither directed against the polling station nor politically motivated.