An envelope containing “suspicious white powder” was received Saturday at the Republican nominee for governor’s campaign headquarters in Arizona.
An employee of Kari Lake’s campaign headquarters in Phoenix opened an envelope containing white power, a campaign spokesperson told CNN.
“It was one of two envelopes seized by police and sent to professionals in Quantico for investigation, and we are awaiting details,” campaign spokesman Colton Duncan told CNN via text message. “The staff member is currently under medical supervision.”
Phoenix Police Department told CNN in an email that they were responding to a “property call” through 40th Street and Camelback Road.
“When officers arrived, they discovered suspicious items in the mail. Additional resources responded to collect the items and secure the area,” Sgt. Phil Krynsky told CNN. “There are no reports of injuries and the investigation remains active.”
CNN has contacted the FBI’s Phoenix office for more information.
Lake’s team said it took the “threat incredibly seriously” and thanked authorities for investigating the incident.
“In the meantime, know that our determination has never been greater and that we will not be intimidated. We will continue to go full steam ahead to win this Tuesday’s election,” Duncan said.
Arizona is a hotbed of extremist anger and threats against political and election officials. Those threats have been made against both Democratic and Republican leaders.
Lake’s Democratic opponent, current Arizona Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, condemned the conduct directed against her opponent and her staff.
“The reported incident at the Kari Lake campaign office is incredibly worrying and I am grateful that she and her staff were not harmed,” Hobbs’s campaign said. “Political violence, threats or intimidation have no place in our democracy. I strongly condemn this threatening behavior against Lake and her staff.”
Hobbs’ campaign office was broken into at the end of last month. A suspect was arrested in that case, but according to police, the man had recently broken into at least one other office. Police did not link the suspect to any political motives.
Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly called the incident “terrible.”
“There’s no place in our democracy for that sort of thing,” Kelly told CNN at a campaign event in Tucson. “But that is not necessary, everyone should do something like this. It’s just wrong. And hopefully there will be an investigation and they will find who did it and arrest him and prosecute him.”