Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake will be the keynote speaker at the Georgia Republican Party Victory Dinner later this month.
The dinner is part of the 2023 Georgia Republican Party State Convention on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
“During her campaign for Governor, Kari proved herself to be a tireless advocate of America First policies and a leading voice nationwide for election integrity,” said Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer.
Lake gained national attention in her race. She began raising concerns about election interference and fraud even before ballots were cast. Then, when she narrowly lost to now-Gov. Katie Hobbs, Lake immediately cried foul. She challenged the results in multiple suits, with a judge last month ruling that she did not prove irregularities, such as a lack of signature verification on mail ballots, in Maricopa County.
Lake announced Wednesday she is appealing the decision.
Also this week, she posted video to Truth Social, the social media platform created by former President Donald Trump after he was banned from Twitter, she claimed showed proof of people tampering with vote tabulation machines. USA Today fact checked the claim, finding that the video merely showed workers inserting new memory cards and resetting machines to ensure the cards had no votes stored in them. The outlet wrote that it was not evidence of sabotage, as Lake claimed. The Maricopa County Elections Department called her claim “demonstrably false.”
Nevertheless, Lake has become an icon in the fight for election integrity, a battle cry that has become popular on the right.
Shafer said he “enjoyed meeting her at the last Republican National Committee meeting” and that he looks forward to welcoming her to Georgia, noting the Party has already sold 900 tickets to the dinner.
“I look forward to joining patriots from across the state of Georgia to build the future of our party,” Lake added. “Georgia is a key part of us taking this country back and together, we will do just that.”