Opinion: Abe Hamadeh hooked Donald Trump and instantly became a major player in the crowded Republican primary for Arizona attorney general. It’s the bait he used that makes his story so interesting.
By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic
Of all the Arizona election deniers who chased after Donald Trump’s endorsement …
Kari Lake and Mark Finchem with their treks to pay homage at Mar-a-Lago …
Jim Lamon with his first Senate campaign ad that ran not in Arizona but on Fox News in New Jersey, where Trump was spending the summer …
Wendy Rogers just by being, well, Wendy Rogers …
No candidate was more crafty in his approach to Trump than Abe Hamadeh.
Did Hamadeh inflate his campaign account?
The 31-year-old first-time candidate hooked the big fish in June and immediately rose to top-tier status in a crowded Republican primary for attorney general.
It’s the bait that makes his story so interesting.
It appears that Hamadeh snagged Trump by taking a page out of Trump’s own book – inflating his campaign bank account in order to look like a major player in the race.
Hamadeh brushes off suspicions that he suckered Trump into an endorsement, calling the stories that have circulated since his latest campaign finance filing “fake news”.
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Numbers, however, tell an intriguing tale.