Arizona Republican Abe Hamadeh Loves to Hate Phoenix New Times

Arizona Republicans love political theater and press conferences are their theater. Each of former President Donald Trump’s handpicked MAGA acolytes has found their foil — not in the political aisle, but in a group of reporters.

Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake traded barbs again and again with 12 News’ Brahm Resnik. For Attorney General Abe Hamadeh’s hope, the nemesis he loves to hate is Phoenix New Times.

On October 27, Lake held his final portrayal of Geraldo Rivera in Al Capone’s vault at his campaign headquarters. When she passed the mic to Hamadeh, the prickly 31-year-old wasted no time in calling the local outlet responsible for reporting on her transgressions which then received a flood of national attention.

“The Phoenix New Times, is this garbage organization here today? Hamadeh asked in front of a horde of reporters from outlets as far away as France and Japan.

He takes over from Lake, who in 2019 said of new times“Fuck them. They’re 20-year-old dopes. They’re a rag to sell marijuana ads.”

In August, new times revealed the story that Hamadeh bragged on an online message board in 2008 that he voted before he was legally allowed to vote and changed his mother’s ballot to vote for Democrat Barack Barack Obama. Hamade replied tweeting this new times is “the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. This is fake news.

new times also revealed that Hamadeh did not include his income from two jobs, his membership on a board of directors and his interests in companies on a financial disclosure for his campaign.

At last week’s press conference, Hamadeh doubled down. “You’re playing the Democratic Party cover and you’ve become propagandists,” he said.

He disagreed with another new times story. Three days before Lake’s press event, new times reported that Brandon Rafi, the local lawyer whose mug full of teeth is stuck on what appears to be every billboard and bus shelter in town, donated a huge wad to Hamadeh’s campaign in September .

Hamadeh declined to comment for this story. But he had a lot to say about it at the press conference.

“You did a story on one of my donors, doxxing him, putting his face in the headlines and trying to bully his First Amendment right to donate to my campaign and support me financially,” he said. Hamadeh told the crowd as he again made out new times. “Think about it. You are fighting voter intimidation, but you are also perpetuating donor intimidation by posting this.

Yet campaign finance reports are public records, which means donors’ names, addresses, contact information, and donation amounts are public records as well. Doxxing makes someone’s personal information public; the new times only released Rafi’s name and donation amount. Never mind that the First Amendment has to do with freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly.

“You all claim to be guardians of democracy,” Hamadeh chided reporters. “It’s offensive to veterans like me who have actually served overseas.”

Hamadeh served in the military, but he is also currently under investigation by the US Army Reserve. While deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2021, Hamadeh had glamorous shots taken in uniform which he later used as campaign material, which goes against the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

During his campaign, Hamadeh also lied about his experience as a prosecutor in the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office. He bragged about his trial experience, but personal records showed he had never been tried.

Yet it was Hamadeh at the lake press event who said new times“You spread these lies so quickly.”

It was moments before he spewed another anti-Semitic lie: “County prosecutors are [George] funded by Soros, and they refuse to prosecute some of these core crimes.

Except that county attorneys’ offices are funded by tax revenue, state and federal grants, and funds from foreclosures and settlements, according to the Arizona attorney general’s office. Not a Jewish billionaire who supports progressive causes. The long-Republican-run Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office received more than $126 million from the county for its current annual budget.

“The Jewish community remains incredibly tired of Hamadeh’s inappropriate use of anti-Semitic tropes and his normalization of anti-Semitism,” said Paul Rockower, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix. new times in response to Hamadeh’s comment. “It’s really shameful.”

Hamadeh trails Democrat Kris Mayes by three points, according to the latest poll from Phoenix-based OH Predictive.

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