Attorneys for Arizona Gov.-elect Hobbs and Maricopa County asserted on Monday that Lake had attempted to rig the election in her favor by “throwing all at the wall and seeing what sticks.”
Katie Hobbs, the newly elect governor of Arizona, has join the lawsuit against former television news presenter and supporter of Donald Trump Kari Lake. Lake lost to Hobbs in the November election for governor of Arizona and has since tried to have the results annulled in her favor.
After the Republican attempted to overturn the verdict of her defeat in a two-day trial, attorneys for Hobbs and Maricopa County filed a lawsuit against Lake on Monday, requesting more than $25,000 in attorney’s costs.
A judge in Arizona rejected Lake’s appeal on Saturday, writing in a file that he had not found “clear and convincing evidence” that Lake’s actions harmed the outcome of the general election in 2022.
Attorneys for Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state but will take office as governor in January, and Maricopa County asserted on Monday that Lake had attempted to rig the election to Lake’s advantage by “throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.”
Their court petition states that they now ask for $25,050 in attorney’s fees incurred throughout the trial. They write: “Courts are established by Arizona’s Constitution and legislation to address actual disputes between parties. They don’t exist, so political candidates can try to make political statements.
The filing goes on: “Additionally, they shouldn’t be used to intimidate political opponents or plant false suspicions about the legitimacy of elections. In this case, everything said above took place. Really, enough is enough.
Even before she lost the election, Lake erroneously asserted that there is “a lot of corruption” in the voting process and publicly expressed her sympathy for Trump’s assertions that the 2020 election was rigged against him despite the absence of supporting data.