Hobbs had 42% of the vote and her closest rival, Marco Lopez, has 8% of the vote. But Hobbs’ good fortune began to change earlier this month after a federal jury awarded Taloyna Adams, a Democratic policy advisor for the state senate, $2.75 million.
The jury also found she was retaliated against because she questioned why she was earning less than others who did the same work.
Hobbs, who was the Senate Minority Leader at the time, testified in court saying Adams was fired for performance-related issues.
“This was Katie Hobbs’ decision,” Talonya Adams said in an interview. “I think she’s always been very uncomfortable with minorities. She seems wholly disconnected from people of color.”
Hobbs, who was subpoenaed to testify in the trial, said at the conclusion of her testimony last week that she wished she had been a “better ally” for Adams.
“I don’t need her to be my ally,” Adams said in the interview. “I need her not to discriminate against black people.
Hobbs previously demanded that Maricopa County spend $2.8 million dollars on new Dominion voting machines after the Arizona Senate conducted their audit. Hobbs complained about the waste of tax dollars this move would entail.
The machines should have never been used in the first place if they could not undergo a full forensic audit.