Arizona Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County both urged a judge on Monday to sanction Republican Kari Lake for “baseless attacks” on election officials.
Arizona Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson’s request to order Lake to pay more than $500,000 in legal fees to attorneys for Hobbs and Maricopa County came less than 48 hours after he stood speaks out against Lake’s efforts to reject certified election results in Arizona’s most populous county.
Saturday’s court decision cemented Hobbs’ victory over Lake in the state’s close contest for governor. Despite Lake losing the race by 17,000 votes, she has yet to relent.
“Enough really is enough,” reads Monday’s Maricopa County filing. “It is high time to put an end to baseless attacks on elections and unjustified accusations against election officials. This case was brought without any legitimate justification, much less substantial. »
The county further accused Lake of trying to “raise funds” through his efforts to overturn election results and of using the court system “to harass political opponents and sow completely unfounded doubts about the integrity of elections”.
“Before a single vote was counted in the 2022 general election, Kari Lake publicly stated that she would only accept the results of the gubernatorial election if she were the winning candidate,” added the county on file.
Maricopa County is asking for $25,050 to cover its attorney fees in the case.
A separate sanctions motion filed by Hobbs on Monday seeks $550,210 in attorney fees from Lake, including more than $450,000 from the law firm of Democratic attorney Marc Elias.
Lake, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump and a 2020 election denier, said sworn to take his case against Hobbs and Arizona all the way to the Supreme Court.
Judge Thompson’s 10-page Christmas Eve ruling said there was no “clear and convincing” evidence that any alleged misconduct impacted the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.