Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, leading in polls less than two weeks before Election Day, wants Twitter to relocate to Arizona.
Lake posted an invitation to Twitter’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk, to relocate the firm’s headquarters to her state. She urged him Thursday in a Twitter post to direct message her so they could work out the details.
Losing Twitter’s highly-paid workforce would devastate San Francisco, which has benefited greatly from the influx of tech workers downtown.
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Lake, who has a roughly 3-point lead over Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, appealed to the SpaceX and Tesla founder to move Twitter’s headquarters to her state.
“Hey @elonmusk — you have an open invitation to move @Twitter HQ to Arizona. DM me and we’ll work it out!” the former Phoenix-area newscaster tweeted on Friday.
After Musk’s deal went through on Thursday, he immediately made changes at the top echelons of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported:
Mr. Musk fired Chief Executive Parag Agrawal and Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal after the deal closed, the people said. Spokespeople for Twitter didn’t comment.
It wasn’t immediately clear who would step into those top positions. CNBC previously reported the firings.
Mr. Musk also fired Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top legal and policy executive, and Sean Edgett, general counsel.
Earlier this week, Musk signaled the deal was done when he posted a video clip of himself walking into Twitter headquarters in San Francisco carrying a sink, adding: “Entering Twitter HQ – Let that sink in!”
In addition, Musk changed his Twitter bio to read “Chief Twit.” Later, he tweeted, “Meeting a lot of cool people at Twitter today.”
Musk faced a 5 p.m. deadline on Friday to complete the deal, or litigation to force him to proceed with it would have relaunched in Delaware.
All said, Musk is prepared to make major changes to the workforce at Twitter when he officially owns the company.
For instance, he plans to cut the workforce by “nearly 75 percent of Twitter’s 7,500 workers, whittling the company down to a skeleton staff of just over 2,000, the Washington Post reported.
Earlier this week, Lake warned that if Hobbs wins, she will turn Arizona into “California 2.0.”
During an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Lake discussed the record number of migrants crossing the southern border, issues voters in the state care about the most, and promised to do everything she could to win in November’s midterms.
“She’s an open border globalist, let’s face it,” Lake told Hannity. “She wants to take what Newsom has done for California, which has destroyed that state, and do the same thing in Arizona. And that is why I think we have a movement because people know if we elect someone like Katie Hobbs we’re going into California 2.0. And nobody wants that. I will say the Californians are the ones who grab me at these events, who go, ‘Don’t let Arizona go. We uprooted our children, we uprooted our business, we moved our home. We moved here. We don’t want Arizona to turn into California.’ So some of our California friends that moved here, somebody’s waving in the crowd, they don’t want this to turn into [California], they fled California.”
Hobbs has refused to debate, so Lake has not missed an opportunity to call her out for it and remind voters of the radical policies she actually supports. Hannity called Hobbs and her refusal to debate Lake “cowardly.
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