Fact Check: Governor Katie Hobbs Did NOT 'Mysteriously' Step Down -- She Left Arizona For One Night For A DC Meeting

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Governor Katie Hobbs Did NOT 'Mysteriously' Step Down -- She Left Arizona For One Night For A DC Meeting Out Of State

Did Katie Hobbs "mysteriously" step down as governor of Arizona? No, that's not true: Hobbs left the state for one night to attend a meeting in Washington, D.C., her office said. State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced on social media that she was the acting governor while Hobbs was out of state from September 27, 2023, to September 28, 2023.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on September 28, 2023. It opened:

Katie Hobbs mysteriously stepped down as Governor. What is going on in Arizona???

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Hobbs Vanish.jpg

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Oct 2 20:01:00 2023 UTC)

Hobbs left Arizona for a meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2023, according to her press secretary Christian Slater. He tweeted (archived here) about her absence from the state, writing: "I can't believe this has to be explained but: Hobbs didn't disappear. She was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a meeting about border issues with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas."

Hobbs returned to Arizona on September 28, 2023, and was with President Joe Biden during his visit to the state, as the White House transcript shows. They attended the dedication ceremony for the new John McCain library, as CBS reported.

State Treasurer Yee tweeted (archived here) that she was acting governor on September 27, 2023:

In her statement, Yee referred to "when the Governor returns to Arizona ..."

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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