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Arizona airport going after Trump for emergency funds they were forced to use on rally for losing GOP candidate McSally

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, which was the site of one of President Donald Trump’s pre-midterm election rallies in October, is attempting to recoup the $13,000 in emergency funds it had to pay for extra lighting after the campaign failed to make good on providing it for the safety of rally-goers.

According to AZCentral, the October rally was part of an effort by Trump to boost the candidacy of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally, who ended up losing the previously GOP-held seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

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The report states Airport Executive Director Brian O’Neill informed the airport authority about the emergency expense saying the airport and city of Mesa was forced to use emergency funds when Trump’s people didn’t follow through on their promises related to the rally held in a private hangar for the GOP candidate.

In an email, Mesa spokesman Kevin Christopher said the airport spent the $13,000, but said that they were still compiling costs related to the event which was attended by a reported 6,000 locals inside with an additional 6,000 left outside where the lights were needed.

According to the report, the airport has requested reimbursement, with AZCentral stating they had contacted Trump’s campaign officials but received no comment.

 


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