Republican gives ‘clinic’ on political posturing while defending controversial Arizona audit: report
On Monday, Arizona Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Mark Brnovich fired off an angry letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland for his criticism of the Arizona election "audit," calling the DOJ's position against the effort "hysterical," and saying he is "not amused by DOJ posturing."
The letter invited immediate scorn from local Arizona reporter Brahm Resnik, who noted that ironically, the entire letter "gives a posturing clinic."
Arizona AG & US Senate candidate Mark Brnovich gives a posturing clinic while telling US AG he's 'not amused by DOJ… https://t.co/hx6Mflb1sm— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik) 1623712223.0
Brnovich, who hopes to challenge Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in 2022, has tried to walk a difficult line in handling the election issue, as he has also invited attacks from former President Donald Trump for not sufficiently defending the GOP's conspiracy theories in Arizona. Trump has claimed "lackluster" Brnovich hasn't mentioned the "Rigged and Stolen" election and is "always on television promoting himself."
The Arizona audit, conducted by a pro-Trump cybersecurity firm from Florida, has triggered widespread mockery and criticism for pursuing a number of crackpot ideas, including hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were faked in Asia. Even some longtime supporters of Trump have blasted the audit as a "clown show."
A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store's mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.
"The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location," DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. "The individual is deceased."
"Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store," the spokesperson for the sheriff's office said.
There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store's door.
"A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That's when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire."
GOP candidate throws fit over not getting Trump's endorsement for Senate — calls it 'orchestrated' plot
On Monday, the Jacksonville Daily News reported that former Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), one of the first major candidates to seek the Republican nomination for North Carolina's open Senate seat, is still stinging that former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd over him — and speculated that it was a plot "orchestrated" by Mark Meadows, another former North Carolina representative who served as Trump's chief of staff.
"'Ah — my first thought — it was that Mark Meadows had orchestrated this whole event,' Walker told The USA TODAY Network a few minutes after making similar comments about the endorsement to approximately 120 attendees at the luncheon. It was held by the Fayetteville Republican Women's Club to celebrate Trump and his birthday, which is Monday," reported Paul Woolverton. "Walker accused Meadows of not telling Trump that Walker led a straw poll of Republican delegates earlier that day for the GOP 2022 Senate nomination."
Budd received the endorsement just minutes prior to Trump stepping out onstage for a speech at the North Carolina GOP convention.
Even though Budd has Trump's endorsement, he currently does not appear to be leading in the polls for the Republican nomination. A poll touted by Budd himself shows him down 26 points to former Gov. Pat McCrory, who has called Budd a "Washington insider" who is "not electable."
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