By Daniel Stefanski |
One of the more-controversial social media posts in recent Arizona memory cost Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs the services of her press secretary.
On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Josselyn Berry had resigned her position as Governor Hobbs’ Press Secretary – not long after she had tweeted a GIF that showed a woman with two firearms, including the caption “Us when we see transphobes.”
After the news of Berry’s resignation hit the wires, the Governor’s Office released a carefully crafted statement: “The Governor does not condone violence in any form. This administration holds mutual respect at the forefront of how we engage with one another. The post by the Press Secretary is not reflective of the values of the administration. The Governor has received and accepted the resignation of the Press Secretary.”
The Arizona Freedom Caucus responded to the report, writing, “The Press Sec. for @GovernorHobbs has RESIGNED over this vile tweet calling for violence against Democrats’ political opponents. Katie Hobbs should stop surrounding herself with far-left partisans & instead hire people focused on doing the work of the people.”
Republican Representative Cory McGarr tweeted, “Probably too high of an ask for competent people to be appointed to positions.”
Berry’s resignation followed hours of intense commentary – both locally and nationally – about her tweet. Many Republican legislators demanded her termination due to the nature of her post.
This wasn’t the first time Berry had created controversy with her Twitter account. As AZ Free News recently reported: “While communications director for the Arizona State Senate Democratic Caucus in 2020, Berry quote tweeted FBI Most Wanted Terrorist Assata Shakur several days after George Floyd’s death. Shakur escaped prison after having been convicted for murdering a cop and committing armed robbery, among other crimes. Arizona Senate Democrats also tweeted the quote on their profile, but deleted the offending tweet and issued an apology after backlash.”
Daniel Stefanski is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send him news tips using this link.