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Hobbs issues forceful apology for role in firing Black aide

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs apologized “unequivocally” to a Black woman who was fired from her legislative job six years ago.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs apologized “unequivocally” to a Black woman who was fired from her legislative job six years ago.

An apology video published to Twitter Wednesday is Hobbs' most forceful response to a firestorm that has threatened to upend her frontrunner campaign for governor.

Hobbs has said she made a group decision to fire Talonya Adams from her job as a Democratic policy adviser in 2015, when Hobbs was the Senate’s top Democrat.

Federal juries found Adams’ termination was discriminatory.

Hobbs initially deflected responsibility but now says her response was “short sighted, unnecessarily defensive and failed to meet the moment.”