Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for Arizona, drew a packed crowd at the Queen Creek home of Roshena and Abe Boling last Wednesday for a town hall.
“Masters spoke a wide range of topics, including the need to secure the United States’ southern border, reforms he wants to see completed to the United States’ educational system, election integrity, and the need for “big tech” platforms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to have more transparent algorithms on how election and political information is distributed,” Abe Boling said.
The event had over 100 local residents from Queen Creek and surrounding areas attend, along with cable news crews from “12 Arizona,” NBC, and a Tucson television station, according to Boling.
Residents asked Masters questions about his conservative reliability, one resident in attendance held up a flyer distributed by Republican rival Jim Lamon’s campaign stating that Masters had at one point written about the need for open borders and “unrestricted immigration.”
“Is this true?” the resident asked.
Masters replied “I don’t remember writing that, I guess I could have. When I was 17 in 2005, I was a Libertarian, and I thought I had the world figured out, but guess what – I was wrong.”
He went on to say that since he was 17, his views have changed.
Masters is vying for the opportunity to face off against U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly in November.
“After the town hall, reporters asked Masters why he is pushing so hard at the tail end of the primary since he is the front-runner and considered the favorite to win the Republican nomination for the Senate seat race,” Boling said.
Masters stated “We are working harder than ever. The temptation for some candidates is that when you are in first place is to just take it easy and we’re not doing that.
“We’re holding more grassroots events, more media interviews, I’m still making my fundraising phone calls. The campaign is in overdrive, and we are on a sprint to the finish.”
Master’s most prominent supporter is Peter Thiel, a billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist who supported former President Donald Trump. Thiel has donated $13.5 million to the pro-Masters Super Pac, “Saving Arizona Pac.”