Controversy surrounds the report filed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s security chief that two “suspicious” envelopes filled with powder were sent to the campaign’s headquarters.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at around 10:15 p.m., police were called to the headquarters at 40th Street and Camelback regarding some suspicious mail. Officers contacted the campaign’s head of security, who relayed what he had recently learned.
The day before, on Friday, a volunteer opened an envelope which contained white powdery substance and a letter. That volunteer said the powder looked like baking flour. The letter contained vulgar words. The volunteer threw the letter and powder in the trash and the cleaning staff disposed of it.
The same volunteer found two more pieces of mail that resembled the first letter she had opened with the substance and aggressive writing. It wasn’t until late Saturday night that the head of security learned of the letters.
When he did, he went to the office and saw the two letters on the volunteer’s desk. He told police the letters were unopened and the seal was intact but he said he felt a powdery substance inside the envelope. That is when he called police.
Specialized units responded. Eventually, the two envelopes were placed in separate bags and sealed. They were sent to the State Public Health Laboratory for processing. The lab analysis indicated there was no powder present and no harmful substance in either of the envelopes, but the two letters contained additional derogatory and vulgar statements.