Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has withdrawn from her position for the day, leaving the chattering class to speculate about her reasons and whether she would return to work ready to fill some of the positions that her temporary successor is saying are in desperate need of attention.
Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee on Wednesday night posted on X that she would be filling in as acting governor, saying she is “pleased to step in this role” without giving an explanation. She added her hope that Hobbs would appoint 13 agency directors upon her return, positions that have languished under the first-term Democrat.
I have been notified that I will be serving as Acting Governor beginning later this evening until mid-morning tomorrow. Read my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/sSuiSCebk4
— Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee (@AZTreasurerYee) September 27, 2023
“While I am pleased to step in this role, I will refrain from naming directors to the 13 agencies that currently have vacancies and will not call the Arizona Legislature into session to confirm them,” Yee said in an X post. “That being said, I do hope when the Governor returns to Arizona, she will promptly name qualified directors to these important state agencies.”
“I expect to see a quick resolution on this matter, so we can get the work done for Arizona taxpayers,” Yee added.
“Absolutely. I have been an advocate for holding folks involved in trying to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 election accountable and this is part of that process,” Hobbs told reporters when asked about a potential indictment, according to a report from KTAR. “Accountability is critical. I don’t think we’re going to change direction until there’s accountability at the top level…And this is an important step forward that I think should move forward and play out in the legal process.”