Would rehash of Rep. Lesko’s past wife hurt her re-election?

Lesko’s past is more checkered than a bad marriage

Photo:Democrat Michael Muscato and Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., debate on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020./PBS

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Rep. Debbie Lesko has often noted a troubled first marriage to an abusive husband as a sign of how far she has moved on in her life.

But Lesko’s past is more checkered than a bad marriage. Her life story includes bankruptcies, multiple aliases, an arrest warrant and multiple lawsuits for unpaid bills.

Today, the Peoria Republican finishing her first full term in Congress is one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters in Washington and is known nationally as a staunch supporter of conservative ideals.

Earlier this year, Lesko helped lead Trump’s national public relations push back against impeachment charges during his trial in the Senate, appearing on national TV and at in-person events to defend his presidency.

Her past, however, is a dark chapter in the story of a woman who casts herself as a mother facing domestic abuse who climbed from school-board meetings to the state Legislature to the halls of Congress.

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