PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The winner of a multi-million dollar discrimination case slammed Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Friday, questioning her fitness for governor. The comments come a day after Hobbs released a letter taking responsibility for the 2015 firing of Talonya Adams, a Black woman who works at the state Senate.
Hobbs, who is the current frontrunner for her party’s nomination for governor, was the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate when Adams was fired. She has tried to place the blame on Republicans, who control the Legislature, for her dismissal.
On Thursday, Hobbs released a letter to supporters defending her actions by saying in part, “‘I take responsibility for my role in the decision to terminate Ms. Adams … that this decision on my part was not based on gender or race.”
But Adams was not satisfied with Hobbs’ comments. “I do not believe Secretary of State Hobbs is fit for the job,” Adams said Friday. “I don’t think the letter takes responsibility at. There’s one sentence saying she takes responsibility and then it’s paragraphs of blame-shifting.”
Since the court’s decision, prominent Black leaders have asked voters to reconsider their support of Hobbs, but at least one of them says this letter changes nothing.
Hobbs has not spoken publicly about Adams since the discrimination verdict was announced. And she once again declined our request for an interview.
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