rizona’s next governor, Democrat Katie Hobbs, is urging a judge to sanction her failed Republican rival Kari Lake and Lake’s attorneys for their ‘unfounded attacks’ on elected officials in Maricopa County.
Lake’s lawsuit alleging her 2022 election loss was rigged by officials in Arizona’s most populous county was thrown out late last week. She has still not conceded the race.
In a 16-page legal memo filed on Monday, the Maricopa County defendants called Lake’s claims, ‘purely political’ and ‘groundless.’
The motion was also joined by Hobbs’ legal team on Monday.
The scathing court document accused Lake of launching the lawsuit ‘in bad faith’ while knowing ‘her claims’ lack of legal and factual merit.’
Lake’s fraud claims were ‘part of a larger scheme’ to ‘spread disinformation about elections and election results in Maricopa County,’ the filing stated.
The former local TV news anchor and Barack Obama supporter became a rising MAGA star after being endorsed by Donald Trump over a more establishment Republican rival. She became known for bombastic public statements and frequent verbal attacks on the media.
Lake wound up losing by roughly 17,000 votes, flipping Arizona’s red governor’s seat to blue. Rather than concede the race, Lake asked a judge to order a new election in Maricopa County or outright declare her the victor.
Her lawsuit focused on ballot printing issues that affected some polling stations in the county. Lake accused local officials there of intentionally sabotaging her candidacy.
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