Arizona AG Candidate Abraham Hamadeh Calls for Opponent to Fire PR Consultant over Profanity-Laden Tweets Blasting Whites and Police

Abe Hamadeh, the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate running for Arizona attorney general against Kris Mayes, called on Mayes to fire Stacey Champion who is a PR consultant for the Democratic candidate.

Champion over the past couple of years tweeted profanity-laden insults regarding white people and law enforcement numerous times.

In a statement released on his website, Hamadeh said on Wednesday, “Once again, Kris Mayes has shown her true colors as an ‘Activist General’ who is deeply out of touch with Arizonans. Ms. Stacey Champion’s reputation as an anti-police advocate is well established and Kris Mayes has been aware of her past activism and radical beliefs, such as one of her tweets stating that ‘law enforcement = killing black folks.’ The fact that Kris still decided to hire her for a key role with the campaign speaks volumes about her lack of judgment and her allegiances to the radical left.

Hamadeh, the son of Syrian immigrants, continued, saying, “Sadly, Ms. Champion, who has been paid thousands of dollars by the campaign for her consulting services, has shown no remorse for her statements and tried to mislead voters about her role with the campaign. Kris must fire her immediately. Arizonans deserve an Attorney General that will work with our brave police officers to protect our communities and unlike my opponent, I’m proud to be endorsed by law enforcement in this race.”

Hamadeh said in response to outcry over Champion’s tweets, the Democratic Attorneys General Association pulled $500,000 from Mayes’ race.

In June 2020, Champion tweeted, “We live in a country where ‘law enforcement’ = killing black folks and arresting women who need to buy tampons.” She retweeted Bekah Topaz, a woman who stated she was arrested for violating a curfew in order to buy tampons.

Topaz complained that a black male officer told her that it was her responsibility to be prepared for her periods.

Another tweet from her stated, “F*** the police though. Even the black ones were awful.”

In March 2021, responding to an article discussing law enforcement coordination on collecting information about Black Lives Matter, Champion tweeted, “Perhaps because the FBI wants to protect racist cops?”

Champion accused a police officer, without providing evidence, of killing a woman in August last year. The woman died accidentally from heat exhaustion, the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled, which occurred when she and the officer went on a hike together. Champion tweeted, “This is so f*****. I do not believe that this cop isn’t culpable.”

In May, Champion criticized Phoenix Police for shooting a man who lunged at them with a machete. “Surely there was a less lethal way to handle this,” she tweeted. She made a similar criticism in January about officers shooting and killing a man who came at them with a metal tool. “We made it 2 whole days into 2022 without an #Arizona police shooting. Do cops still carry pepper spray?!?” she tweeted.

Despite her criticism of violence by police, she advocated for police violence against white people at rallies against COVID-19 restrictions. “Where are the police in riot gear, tear gas & rubber bullets?!?” she tweeted. “By all accounts, this actually should verbatim be an ‘unlawful assembly.’ Nothing could be more dangerous right now than a white person refusing to wear a mask.”

Champion, who has stated that she is white, lashed out at white people multiple times on Twitter. She included both her dislike of police and white people in a January tweet, “I want you to think about every single person you know who isn’t white who is scared s******* for the very reasons in the presence of police — even when they didn’t do anything wrong. Every person without privilege facing b******* charges.”

Another Twitter exchange also captured her dislike of both law enforcement and white people. In response to a tweet defending law enforcement by Justin Olson, a former state legislator and member of the Arizona Corporation Commission who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate this year, Champion tweeted, “Spoken like a true white guy politician trying to drum up campaign contributions.”

She went on, “I’d say the rhetoric spun from your buddy & former TPUSA boss Charlie Kirk pose a pretty direct threat to the health & safety of Americans (at least those who aren’t wealthy, white & racist).”

In a Twitter thread in July 2021 about her work, she wrote, “I see rich, white people in fancy cars drive through practically throwing things at people. It shouldn’t be about that.” She went on, “I’m just an empathetic (& oftentimes grumpy) middle-aged single mom who understands the struggle & tries to use my white privilege to get s*** done.”

Hamadeh said Champion tried to diminish her affiliation with the Mayes campaign after her tweets surfaced, tweeting, “The Phoenix New Times edited their article featuring Stacey Champion to diminish her affiliation with the Kris Mayes campaign after the story broke on her anti-police and racist tweets.” Champion tweeted at the news site, “Need correction. I am PR professional & comms consultant. I am not political consultant or campaign manager.”

Champion’s PR firm built Mayes’ campaign website, and press inquiries are directed on the site to her.

Champion was cited and almost arrested in January due to a hostile interaction with police. Phoenix Police issued her a criminal citation for crossing a police line as she tried to stop them from removing a homeless tent. They put her hands behind her back until she produced ID. The citation was later dropped.

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Rachel Alexander is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Rachel on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Abraham Hamadeh” by Abraham Hamadeh. Photo “Kris Mayes” by Kris Mayes. Background Photo “Arizona Capitol” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.



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