On Saturday, U.S. House candidate Laurel Imer announced on the radio that Arizona Republican leader Dr. Kelli Ward has officially backed her congressional bid.
Imer, an outspoken COVID-19 vaccine skeptic and onetime Trump campaign chair for Jefferson County, told radio host Randy Corporon of 710 KNUS that Ward would be making an appearance at a Feb. 21 fundraiser for Imer’s campaign on President’s Day.
“I’ve been honored to be endorsed by Kelli Ward,” Imer said. “She will be coming out to speak to our group that night, so it’s going to be a fantastic, fun evening.”
On Imer’s website, Ward is quoted as saying, “Laurel Imer is my friend and an America First patriot. Colorado and the American People can trust Laurel to fight for election integrity and the America First policies that made America Great Again! Let’s Save America!”
According to Politico, Ward has been instrumental in promoting Trump’s (and other GOP operatives’) baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Shortly after Election Day in Nov. 2020, she filed a lawsuit with the Maricopa County Superior Court in an effort to overturn President Biden’s slim win in Arizona.
Ward has also been under investigation for allegedly taking part in a plot to send fraudulent Republican electors to vote in the Electoral College and attempt to overturn the election results. She and her husband, Michael, signed and sent a memo to the U.S. Senate attesting that Arizona’s 11 electors had cast their votes for Donald Trump (President) and Mike Pence (Vice President).
Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 House Select Committee has also issued a subpoena for the phone records of Ward, her husband, Michael, and their company, Mole Medical Services P.C., dating from Nov. 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021. In late January, the Wards, who are osteopathic physicians, sued the committee in an attempt to block the subpoena, claiming it infringed on their patients’ right to privacy.
It’s unclear what role Ward, a former state senator in Arizona, may have played in the Jan. 6 insurrection, or when a judge might rule on her lawsuit.