- Tom Petty’s estate threatens legal action against Carrie Lake for illegally using the song “I Won’t Back Down” to promote her “failed campaign” for Arizona governor.
- The song was used in a video on Wednesday on YouTube, which has since been taken down.
- Lake lost to Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs in the November 8 election. On Friday, she was trailing by about 16,850 votes, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.
Tom Petty, in his famous rock anthem, vowed never to back down. Now, his heirs are asking Carrie Lake to back out of using the song to promote her “failed campaign” for Arizona governor.
Beatty’s estate threatens legal action against Lake for using Wednesday’s “I Won’t Back Down” in a YouTube video. The video has since been deleted.
“Tom Petty and our partners were devastated to discover that Tom’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was stolen and used without permission or authorization to promote the failed Carrie Lake campaign,” his estate and associates said. Share on Twitter Thursday.
In the mail, they said, “This is illegal.” “We are exploring all of our legal options to stop this unauthorized use and to prohibit future misappropriation of Tom’s beloved anthem. KariLake.”
Lake, her campaign and her attorney on Friday did not respond to interview requests.
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Young fans had plenty to say, as thousands responded on Twitter.
One person called Justice Matters said: “There’s no way in hell Tom Petty would approve of you using his music. RIPtompetty”.
“This is horrible!” Laddie Watson tweeted. “An example of dishonesty campaigning for governor. Thanks for letting us know about this. Love that song and adore Tom Petty. Go get ’em! Grrrr…”
The video depicts a montage of Lake on the campaign trail as the song plays in the background for about two minutes. This underscored Lake’s refusal to accept the election results, and seemed to stress her claims that the November 8 election had been rigged against her.
Lake, who lost to Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs, was delayed throughout the vote count in the Nov. 8 election. On Friday, she was trailing by about 16,850 votes, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.
This is not the first tour of Lake with a musician. In August, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider criticized Lake for using the song “We Won’t Take It” at rallies. He said the song was used without permission and was not intended for “fascist idiots”.
Lake, which was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, built its campaign around allegations of election fraud. She has said repeatedly without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden, and said one of her first jobs as governor was to put the election system under a microscope.
After Petty’s video was removed from Twitter, Lake dropped a new two-minute video, telling supporters she’s still in the fight. The new video had more than 1.1 million page views as of Friday afternoon.
“For two years, it has sounded the alarm about our broken election system here in Arizona, and last week has confirmed everything we’ve said,” Lake said in the video. “The fox guarded the hen house, and because of that the voters were disenfranchised.”
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Lake publicized her failed lawsuit to get rid of voting machines in the state and said “Nearly half of all polling locations have problems with voting machines and printers.” She said broken tabulation machines forced voters to wait in line for hours.
Problems with voting machines were reported at about 30% of polling locations in Maricopa County, the most populous county in the state. It represents nearly two-thirds of the electorate in Arizona. There were no reports of problems spreading across the state.
County election officials said an error in the printer prevented the machines from reading the marks on the ballot papers. On Election Day, they encouraged people to use different polling locations or to place their ballot papers in a so-called “Section 3” secure collection box. The votes were counted separately.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge, during an emergency hearing on election night, found no evidence that any voter was barred from casting a ballot.
Lake, who visited Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to meet with Trump, said she is assembling the best possible legal team to contest the election.
One of those who helped Lake was Floyd Brown, a conservative activist who was behind the infamous 1988 Willie Horton ads that helped torpedo Michael Dukakis’ presidential bid. The ads, which were widely condemned as racist, linked Dukakis to a criminal who committed violent crimes while on his release from prison.
“I spent hours last night working with Team Lake on an ongoing war for Arizona,” Brown said in a November 15 tweet. “She won’t go quietly into the night. She intends to stand up and fight. She knew when she entered this race that it was going to be tough. Her opponents lack her courage. She fights for us.” @employee. “