Marco Lopez slams Hobbs over her role in discrimination case – Arizona’s Family

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Democratic candidate for governor Marco Lopez ripped his opponent Katie Hobbs on Friday for keeping a low profile on a discrimination case that has cost her campaign political support. “It’s very troubling that she has not adequately answered the questions asked of her,” Lopez said. “I think the Arizona public does deserve a clear and convincing response.”

Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s secretary of state, was the top Democrat in the Senate in 2015 when a black policy advisor was fired after raising concerns about pay disparity. Since then, Talonya Adams convinced two juries that she was discriminated against, with the latest jury awarding her $2.75 million in damages.

Since the decision was handed down last month, Hobbs issued a written statement where she took responsibility but claimed the Adams firing was not based on race or gender. She also appeared on a national TV network where she said, “I’m sorry for my role in this and I have learned from this.”

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Hobbs has largely ignored the local press, routinely declining interview requests from Arizona’s Family. Her campaign did not immediately respond to our request for comment on this story.

Currently, there is not a lot of reliable polling on the governor’s race. But what is available shows Hobbs with a convincing lead over her primary opponents, Lopez and former state lawmaker Aaron Lieberman. Still, the discrimination verdict is costing Hobbs politically. Last month, a group of well-known Black leaders urged the public to reconsider their support of Hobbs.


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