Katie Hobbs stammers, laughs while taking oath of office, bans reporters from ceremony

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs was sworn into office Monday in downtown Phoenix but was unable to take the oath of office without stammering and laughing.

The ceremony took place on the ninth floor of the Capitol Executive Tower. Hobbs was joined by Arizona’s other recently-elected statewide officials — including Adrian Fontes, Kris Mayes, and others — in taking the oath of office.

Stacey Barchenger, a reporter at the Arizona Republic, said that the newspaper “asked repeatedly to be allowed in, but the Hobbs admin is allowing only a single photographer from [the Associated Press].”

Questions have swirled around the capitol since the November election about Hobbs’s hostile posture toward the legislature and whether she can adequately perform the duties of the job.

The Democrat went on a hiring spree last month in order to benefit from a filled-out cabinet and staff ahead of Thursday’s inaugural ceremony, which is being planned by “a roster that includes lobbyists and campaign donors.”

You can see a video of the incident below: