Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (D) and Maricopa County have requested a courtroom to problem sanctions in opposition to Kari Lake, the Republican who lost to Hobbs final month and refuses to just accept the election outcomes.
The request Hobbs filed within the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday comes two days after it dominated in opposition to Lake’s effort to reverse the election outcomes, saying there isn’t a “clear and convincing evidence” of malfeasance that may have impacted the end result of the state’s gubernatorial race.
Now, Hobbs and county officers are requesting that Lake and her authorized crew be ordered to pay $25,050 to cover a number of the legal professional charges Hobbs and the county incurred due to Lake’s lawsuit. The request notes that earlier than a single vote was counted, Lake “publicly stated that she would accept the results of the gubernatorial election only if she were the winning candidate.” She made good on that promise, the submitting says, and dragged Hobbs and the county right into a “frivolous pursuit.”
Lake’s lawsuit was an entire misuse of the state’s judicial system, the submitting argued.
“Courts are established by Arizona’s Constitution and statutes to resolve actual disputes between parties,” the plaintiffs wrote. “They do not exist so that candidates for political office can attempt to make political statements and fundraise. And they should not be used to harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections. All of those things happened in this matter.”
Though Hobbs is simply days away from being sworn in, Lake has nonetheless not conceded the election ― which she lost by greater than 17,000 votes ― and says she plans to enchantment the most recent ruling in opposition to her.
“My Election Case provided the world with evidence that proves our elections are run outside of the law,” she tweeted on Christmas Eve. “This Judge did not rule in our favor. However, for the sake of restoring faith and honesty in our elections, I will appeal his ruling.”
Lake’s legal professional didn’t instantly return requests for remark.