An envelope containing “suspicious white powder” was received Saturday at the campaign headquarters of the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona.
An employee at Kari Lake’s Phoenix campaign headquarters opened an envelope containing white power, a campaign spokeswoman told CNN.
“It was one of two envelopes that were confiscated by law enforcement and sent to Quantico professionals for review, and we are awaiting details,” campaign spokesman Colton Duncan told CNN via text message. “The employee is currently under medical supervision.”
Phoenix police told CNN in an email that they responded to a “property call” at 40th Street and Camelback Road.
“When the officers arrived, they learned that there were suspicious items inside the mail. Additional resources responded to collect items and secure the area,” Sgt. Phil Krynsky told CNN. “No injuries have been reported and the investigation remains active.”
CNN has reached out to the FBI’s Phoenix office for more information.
Lake’s team said it was taking the threat “extremely seriously” and thanked authorities for looking into the incident.
“In the meantime, know that our resolve has never been greater, and we cannot be intimidated. We continue to push full speed ahead to win this election on Tuesday,” Duncan said.
Arizona has been a hotbed of extremist anger and threats against political and election officials. These threats have been made against both Democratic and Republican leaders.
Lake’s Democratic opponent, current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, condemned the behavior targeting her opponent and her staff.
“The incident reported to Kari Lake’s campaign office is extremely troubling and I am grateful that she and her staff were not harmed,” Hobbs’ campaign said. “Political violence, threats or threats have no place in our democracy. I strongly condemn this threatening behavior directed at Lake and his staff.”
Hobbs’ campaign office was raided late last month. A suspect has been arrested in that case.