Arizona GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake is relentlessly driving home her Democrat opponent’s refusal to debate her ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in the Grand Canyon State.
“For the first time in the history of our state, there will be no Clean Elections gubernatorial debate,” she stated in a video shared on Twitter. “Bucking state tradition, my opponent, Katie Hobbs, has made it official: she will not share a debate stage with me under any circumstance.”
According to a report from Fox News, Hobbs declined to debate Kari Lake again, even after the Citizens Clean Elections Commission rejected Hobbs’ request to stage “separate” town hall forum events instead of a debate.
“To be honest, I’m not entirely thrilled with the idea of sharing a debate stage with a twice-convicted racist like Katie Hobbs,” Lake continued. “I have made it abundantly clear that I would do so, because the Arizona voters deserve nothing less than to hear from both of us.”
For reference, Lake is referring to Hobbs’ two prior convictions of racial discrimination. Per Breitbart, one jury found Hobbs had underpaid a black member of her staff, and a second jury found that the same staffer, a woman named Talonya Adams, was terminated out of retaliation. The outlet reported that a whopping $2.75 million was awarded to Adams.
“Now, I’d like to speak directly to you, Katie,” Lake continued in her comments. “You think this issue is going to go away, that Arizonans will just throw up their hands and say, ‘Oh, well! No debate this year.’ Well, you’re sorely mistaken. I have asked the Clean Elections Commission to extend the deadline for you to confirm your attendance to the day of the debate.”
After dropping that bombshell, Lake facetiously added, “Should you grow a spine, between now and October 12, there will be an empty chair waiting for you on the debate stage. I hope to see you there, Katie.”