Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County want a state judge to sanction Republican Kari Lake in the wake of a court dismissing her lawsuit to overturn her loss against the Democrat.
Ms. Hobbs and the county argued Monday in court filings for Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson to also impose fines on Ms. Lake for her “unfounded attacks” on election officials. Judge Thompson said in a Christmas Eve ruling there was no “clear and convincing” evidence of malfeasance at the polls.
“Enough really is enough,” Maricopa County said in its filing. “It is past time to end unfounded attacks on elections and unwarranted accusations against elections officials. This matter was brought without any legitimate justification, let alone a substantial one.”
Ms. Hobbs wants $550,000 in damages, the vast majority of which would go to the firm of Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias.
The county, which accused Ms. Lake of exploiting the legal system to “harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections,” is seeking $25,000 in legal fees.
Ms. Lake was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and says the 2020 election was fraudulent. She narrowly lost last month to Ms. Hobbs by roughly 17,000 votes and has not conceded.
“Before a single vote was counted in the 2022 general election, Kari Lake publicly stated that she would accept the results of the gubernatorial election only if she were the winning candidate,” Maricopa County said.