DeWit slams Treasurer candidate as 'Sleazy Foresey'

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Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit may not be seeking a second term, but he does want a say in who takes over the post – and he’s not afraid to label one candidate “sleazy.” (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit may not be seeking a second term, but he does want a say in who takes over the post – and he’s not afraid to label one candidate “sleazy.” (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Tom Forese said he was blindsided by DeWit’s comments. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tom Forese said he was blindsided by DeWit’s comments. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit may not be seeking a second term, but he does want a say in who takes over the post – and he’s not afraid to label one candidate “sleazy.”

On Thursday, DeWit called Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese, a fellow Republican, “Sleazy Foresey” and said he “wouldn't trust him with a dollar of my own. Certainly not $15 billion of taxpayer money.”

DeWit made the comments at a press conference where he presented Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee with an award and all-but-formally endorsed her, saying she “truly understands the role the State Treasurer of Arizona serves in protecting taxpayers.”

Yee has not officially announced that she is running for the job.

Forese said he was blindsided by DeWit’s comments.

“You know, I've been working on a video to commemorate his service in Arizona. It's funny that I should get this when we're just about finished with the video. I guess we're going to not use that video,” Forese said.

“I've got thick skin. You can call me whatever you want and it doesn't bother me,” he added. “The public is sick of politicians going back and forth like this. We need to make it about the issues.”

According to several reports, DeWit is among a handful of Republicans seeking President Donald Trump’s support for a primary challenge against Senator Jeff Flake.

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