Did Abe Hamadeh sucker Donald Trump into endorsing him for AG? Sure looks that way

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.

Consider:

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