Katie Hobbs threatens to veto Republican bills ahead of upcoming legislative session: “I won’t hesitate”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs gloated during a series of post-election interviews that she plans to use her veto pen to stop Republican bills in their tracks.

During an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix’s Steve Nielsen on November 21, Hobbs said that any legislation she views as “political stunts” will not be tolerated and declared that “the veto pen is a powerful negotiating tool.” She repeated the line almost verbatim during an interview with KTAR’s Barry Markson on November 23, bragging that “the veto pen is a powerful negotiating tool and I won’t hesitate to use it.”

Hobbs initially pledged that she would “work with both Republicans and Democrats,” but her antagonistic posturing toward the state legislature in the following days drew widespread criticism, including from Senator J.D. Mesnard, who warned that “it’s going to be a long four years” for the Democrat if she continues “punching us in the face.”

Hobbs recently named several of her campaign donors to her transition team and as her chief of staff.