Hobbs: AZ officials can't bar Trump from primary election regarding 14th Amendment

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, September 15, 2023 - 2:25pm
Updated: Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 9:37am

Gov. Katie Hobbs says she does not believe that she or any other state official has the right to keep embattled former President Donald Trump off the presidential primary ballot.

Several states have been looking at using the 14th Amendment to do so. 

The Civil War-era constitutional amendment bars anyone who engaged in an insurrection or rebellion against the government from holding federal office.

Hobbs says how that plays out in Arizona is a judicial matter.

"It is not up to any elected official to get involved in that. It's up to the courts. And I'm not going to be a part of that," she said. 

Her comments come as Secretary of State Adrian Fontes is seeking legal advice on whether Trump’s actions in and around Jan. 6, 2021, would prevent his appearance on the ballot. 

Fontes must decide by mid-December. The presidential preference election will be held in March.

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