Kari Lake Not Backing Blake Masters For Congressional Run

Blake Masters is making another run for public office. While there were previous signs pointing towards a potential second attempt at the Senate, Masters declared on Thursday that he’s now setting his sights on Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

The Tucson-based venture capitalist and father of three explained on KTAR-FM Friday that he chose not to enter the Senate race to avoid a potentially divisive primary. He noted, “President Trump wanted Kari [Lake] to run, and I think she’s running a hell of a campaign so far, so I look forward to supporting her.”

Masters managed to prevent a showdown with Kari Lake, but he now finds himself in a primary race that Lake endorsed on the same day Masters announced his candidacy. Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko (R), a member of the Freedom Caucus, declared earlier this month that she would not seek re-election in 2024.

Lesko commented, “I want to spend more time with my husband, my 94-year-old mother, my three children and my five grandchildren. Right now, Washington, D.C. is broken; it is hard to get anything done.”

Masters seems to share Lesko’s view that Washington, D.C., is in need of repair, and he holds the belief that he can make a positive impact on the situation.

He stated, “Washington is beyond broken. The Democrats in power have failed us. Joe Biden (and the people who are really running his administration) have delivered chaos at our border, skyrocketing inflation, failing schools and widespread wokeness. And they’re doing it on purpose.”

He continued, “But there’s good news: We The People are waking up. We are sick of the chaos, the crime, the weaponization of justice – just look at what they’re doing to President Trump. It’s beyond crazy. We need leaders who support President Trump. We need leaders who fight like the futures of our nation, our state and our families depend on it. Because it does.”

The 8th District, with a population of approximately 800,000, is a Republican-leaning district. In the 2020 election, Trump secured a 13-point victory in the district.

Masters launched his career as a venture capitalist and achieved best-seller status, co-authoring a book with prominent Republican donor Peter Thiel. His transition from the business world to politics occurred in 2016 when he joined former President Donald Trump’s transition team.

In terms of policy goals, he aims to focus on border security and streamlining deportation processes, safeguarding the rights of the unborn, upholding the First and Second Amendments, reinstating American energy self-sufficiency and well-paying manufacturing jobs and ensuring the protection of Arizona’s water resources.