Hobbs’ mother holds family bible for swearing in. Husband and kids were not pictured alongside the new governor
In a disparaging statement pointedly aimed at her two-term Republican predecessor Doug Ducey, following her swearing-in as Arizona’s governor, Katie Hobbs noted, “Today marks a new chapter for Arizona. As we look forward to a brighter future, I pledge that the needs of Arizonans…not partisan politics…will always come first.”
Hobbs, who cowardly refused to debate her Republican opponent Kari Lake, during the campaign, has so far issued statements rather than speaking. “I will work with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to tackle our state’s biggest challenges,” the statement read, naming “abortion rights,” among her top priorities. Killing innocent pre-born babies is a major concern for Hobbs. However, not a word was uttered about the unparalleled crisis at our southern border since Joe Biden assumed office and began tearing down the much-needed border wall that was prioritized and under construction during the presidency of Donald Trump.
When Hobbs, whose home was previously in foreclosure as she supplemented her state senate income as an Uber driver, pledged that the needs of Arizonans will be met. She steered clear of mentioning Talonya Adams. Hobbs no doubt feared a debate would focus negative attention on their interactions, when as then-senate minority leader she was party to a discrimination lawsuit filed against the senate in U.S. Federal Court by Talonya Adams a lawyer/policy advisor for the Arizona Senate democrats. Ms. Adams alleged racial and sexual discrimination based on asking to be paid as much as her white male counterparts. According to this 12News report, Hobbs was less than two months into her job as minority leader when Adams was fired. Adams had been in her policy adviser position for three years. The jury awarded Ms. Adams $2.75 million. Katie Hobbs issued an apology…which is more than Arizona voters could expect as she hid from them, refusing to debate for the state’s top job.
Ducey, who has aided Hobbs’ transition, reportedly left a note behind in his office for his successor, a copy of which was provided by Hobbs’ staff. The four-paragraph handwritten note on state letterhead congratulated Hobbs on her victory, wished her success and stated, “Every day as governor is an adventure. It is the greatest job in politics and an immense responsibility. I know you will serve the people of Arizona well.”
If he’s not engaging in irony, Ducey’s next job could be as a stand-up comedian.