Virulent audit trashing Katie Hobbs has tried to close down the Maricopa County audit and failing to do that, she has tried to discredit it. She has even tried to force the auditors to bend to her will and hand over all sorts of documents she can use against the audit. But that was yesterday. Republicans have now stripped her of the power over election lawsuits.
Hobbs is now barred from taking part in any lawsuits until the year 2023. But that is a moot point since she has little or no chance for reelection. Which makes me believe that’s why she was granted a chance to resume her duties then. Hobbs has been critical of the audit because it is likely to find things the Democrats want to keep hidde3n from the voters.
Katie Hobbs has conscientiously supervised elections in Arizona. Republicans there just stripped her of some powers — including her ability to litigate election lawsuits. They gave control of that process to the state AG, a Republican.
This is how democracy gets dismantled. https://t.co/VamVgXfxgR
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) May 25, 2021
Arizona’s ABC 15 reported the news on Tuesday night:
After publicly expressing “grave concerns” over Arizona’s audit of the 2020 election results, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) was “stripped” of her ability to “defend election lawsuits” by the state’s Republican-led House Appropriations Committee, reported Arizona’s ABC 15 on Tuesday. The duty was transferred “exclusively” to Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) through the end of the 2023 fiscal year.
Democrats say the move is retaliation against Hobbs’ defense of Arizona voters in “lawsuits filed by the State Republican Party and others challenging Arizona’s election results,” per ABC 15. “It can’t be just a coincidence” that Republicans are blocking a “vocal critic of the audit,” writes Elvia Díaz for azcentral.com. Democratic State Rep. Randy Friese reportedly called the move “troubling,” “disturbing,” and “quite nefarious.”
Furthermore, the Appropriations Committee removed Hobb’s “oversight of the Capitol Museum,” ABC 15 reports, after Hobbs angered state lawmakers when she “flew a gay pride flag from the building’s balcony” in 2019.\
Hobbs has been trying to shut down the audit by making ridiculous demands and it was only a matter of timer before they decided to remove her from the equation. The counting has resumed and even more counting tables have been added in order to finish the job quicker. She will not have the ability to stop the Senate in their quest to find out what really happened in 2020. If fraud is discovered, the Senate will undoubtedly try to decertify the election results.