Report says archconservative Keri Lake once supported Barack Obama

Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary race finally drew to a close on Thursday evening when former news anchor Kari Lake secured her party’s nomination despite having never previously run for elected office.

While the odds may have been against an outsider winning, former co-workers say Lake’s victory as a pro-Trump conservative was unexpected for another reason: she once supported Barack Obama. 

A former colleague says Lake once “went door to door” campaigning for Obama

That was the explosive claim put forward in an article published this past April by Washington Free Beacon reporter Collin Anderson.

In it, Anderson cited remarks made about Lake by a longtime former colleague who once worked alongside the aspiring governor to former Republican Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Babeu told the Free Beacon that this individual described how Lake “went door to door canvassing for Barack Obama.”

The former co-worker is then said to have confirmed the statements concerning Lake’s past political affiliation to Anderson but asked to remain anonymous.

What’s more, Anderson noted in another article published last summer how Lake’s first ever political contribution was made in 2004 to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. That donation was followed up in 2008 by another donation to Obama’s campaign.

Lake pointed to how President Ronald Reagan also switched parties

Mediaite reported last month that Lake addressed her Democratic background during an interview with local reporter Dennis Welch.

“I’m a staunch…I am probably the most conservative person in this race right now,” Lake said. “And look at Ronald Reagan. He was a former Democrat. What’s the problem with it?”

When Welch asked Lake what had changed in the intervening years, she replied, “What changed? Have you not seen?”

“Dennis, have you not seen the country this country is going? Have you not seen them with the Democrats are doing?” Lake demanded.

“They’re for defunding the police, they’re for this ridiculous curriculum that is destroying the minds of our children, they’re for shutting down businesses, locking us up in our homes, making us wear masks, forcing vaccines on us, they’re for abortion all the way up and past birth,” she insisted.

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