Guest Editorial: Statement from Pinal County Sheriff and US Senate Candidate Mark Lamb

I have received numerous calls and texts from supporters stating that they were appalled by Kari Lake’s comment that I am a “coward” for not doing her bidding regarding the 2022 election results.

While I personally didn’t allow her comment to upset me, as I’ve been called worse, it’s obvious that Kari Lake thinks our justice system and laws exist to benefit her, without regard to evidence or facts. Those of us in law enforcement deal with bullies like her and much worse every day. No one gets special treatment. Not even Kari Lake.

I took an oath of office to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and uphold law and justice. I have to deal with facts, not opinions or feelings. I get it. Kari Lake is upset she lost her election. It’s time she takes some personal responsibility for losing an election she was supposed to win.

I have stated numerous times that I encouraged individuals regardless of political party affiliation to bring solid evidence of election violations to me, so that the Pinal county Sheriff’s could investigate and potentially prosecute these bad actors.

No one, not even Kari Lake, presented anything to me indicating widespread material of fraud.

Kari’s use of the word “coward” is a slap in the face to every man and woman that upholds our laws and wears a badge and uniform. Her blatant disregard for the rule of law is not what Arizonans would expect someone running for the United States Senate to ever say, especially during what was supposed to be a
civilized political discussion.

Kari’s statement is yet another example of why she has a negative 55% approval rating. I am a uniter, not a divider. I will always follow the letter of the law, regardless of any individual who suggests I do otherwise.