State treasurer takes aim at AZ business leaders

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AZ Treasurer Jeff Dewit defends Donald Trump (Source: KPHO/KTVK) AZ Treasurer Jeff Dewit defends Donald Trump (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Days after one of Arizona's top business leaders blasted Donald Trump for being a "huckster," the state's top financial officer is firing back. 

"The industries that are aligned against Donald Trump are purely those that want cheap immigrant labor over American jobs," Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit said Monday. 

DeWit, who is the chairman of Trump's campaign in Arizona, was reacting to the President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer.

Last week, Hamer said the New York billionaire would be, "a menace for Arizona's economy" if he was elected. 

Hamer also called Trump a "bully" and said he was a "huckster, he's extraordinarily greedy selfish and America can do better." 

In particular, Hamer heavily criticized Trump's promises to build a wall along the nation's southern border and make Mexico pay for it through added tariffs on Mexican products.

Hamer said the move would trigger a trade war with one of Arizona's largest trade partners and would end up costing the state jobs. 

"The Arizona Chamber has been going around and saying incorrect things about other policy issues as well and so it kind of follows suit that he would do it here," DeWit said.

There isn't a lot of reliable polling data to show how Trump is stacking up against the rest of the Republican presidential candidates in Arizona..

Trump has already received the endorsements of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former governor Jan Brewer.

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