Arizona governor-elect Katie Hobbs has joined the lawsuit against former TV news anchor and Donald Trump loyalist Kari Lake, who — after losing to Hobbs in Arizona’s gubernatorial election in November — sought to use the results in her favor to reverse
On Monday, Hobbs and Maricopa County attorneys filed a lawsuit against Lake, seeking more than $25,000 in legal fees after the Republican tried to reverse the results of her loss in a two-day trial.
An Arizona judge rejected Lake’s offer on Saturday, saying in a filing that he had “found no clear and compelling evidence” that misconduct affected the outcome of the 2022 general election.
On Monday, attorneys for Hobbs (who currently serves as Arizona’s secretary of state but will be sworn in as governor in January) and Maricopa County alleged Lake tried to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks to overturning the election their favor.
They are now seeking $25,050 in legal fees incurred during the trial, writing in their court filings: “Courts are established by the Arizona Constitution and laws to resolve actual disputes between parties. They don’t exist for candidates for political office to attempt to make political statements and fundraise.”
The filing continues: “And they should not be used to harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections. All these things happened in this matter. Enough is really enough. It is high time to end unfounded attacks on elections and unjustified accusations against election officials.”
Even before she lost the race, Lake had falsely claimed that there was “a lot of corruption” in the electoral system and publicly expressed support for Trump’s claims that his 2020 election was rigged against him despite a lack of evidence to support it .
Sec. Hobbs previously drew contempt from Trump supporters for defending the 2020 state election against those baseless allegations of widespread cheating (a role that led to her receiving death threats). Her role in maintaining the integrity of this election propelled her onto the national stage and eventually led to the gubernatorial nominee.
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Lake’s last lost lawsuit came after another lawsuit she filed back in April in which she sought to block both Maricopa and Pima counties from using electronic voting machines. That lawsuit was dismissed, and a judge ordered penalties against Lake’s attorneys for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit.
Following her recent loss in court, Lake took to Twitter to release a statement blaming the judge for integrity violations. The Hill reports that she has since deleted the tweet.