Arizona Republicans have voted to officially strip Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of powers related to election lawsuits. Republicans in the Arizona legislature shifted authority to Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
According to The Daily Wire:
The measure “shifted exclusive control over election lawsuits from Hobbs to Brnovich “but only through Jan. 2, 2023 — when the winners of the next elections for both offices would be about to take power,” the Times noted. “The aim is to ensure that the authority given to [Brnovich] would not transfer to any Democrat who won the next race for attorney general.”
“Basically, Arizona Republicans are moving to temporarily transfer this authority from a Democrat to a Republican for one election cycle only (at which point they could seemingly decide, depending upon who controls each office, who should be in charge of this),” The Washington Post analyzed.
Hobbs notably likened Trump supporters to “neo-Nazis” in 2017, before she took her position as secretary of state.
“[Donald Trump] has made it abundantly clear he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being [President of the United States] for all Americans,” she wrote via Twitter.
Hobbs also pushed back on a Republican-led election audit in Maricopa County.