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Top Kelli Ward Aides Ditch Campaign, Claim She Won’t ‘Drain the Swamp’

On Tuesday, two staffers on Kelli Ward’s campaign to primary Republican senator and Trump critic Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced their resignations, apologizing for their roles in her Senate run. Dustin Stockton, Ward’s former chief strategist, and Jennifer Lawrence, who served as her press secretary, issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon “apologiz[ing] for propping up” Ward and her “blind ambition.” The two are a couple and they are both former Breitbart reporters. They are bashing Flake’s primary challenger on the eve of Ward’s campaign kickoff fundraiser, where Laura Ingraham and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon are both set to appear. “When we walked into the campaign, we thought that Kelli was up to…drain the swamp, and after a while, we saw her bringing in people from the political consultant class,” Lawrence told The Daily Beast in a brief phone call on Tuesday. “The people of Arizona need to know what is going on.” The Ward campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

—Asawin Suebsaeng