I'm sure you've heard the old adage that "the simplest explanation is usually the right one."
1) Jennifer Barber, homemaker, woke up one day and decided to concoct a fantastical story about a AZGOP staffer and a Political Consultant, then she decided to file a false report with the F.B.I. When contacted by the media she decided to double-down on the lie and stand by her story "110 percent".
2) Jennifer Barber, homemaker, perhaps inspired by a new wave of citizen candidates across the country, wakes up one day and decides she may want to run for city council. Being a Republican, but new to politics, she naively thinks that the State Republican Party would be a good place to go for help in her endeavor.