Why won’t Black leaders give Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs a break?

Opinion: ‘Politicians almost always overestimate the cost of doing the right thing,’ Art Hamilton, former Democratic leader in the Arizona House, said.

By EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent out a two-page letter last week hoping to explain her 2015 involvement in the firing of a Black woman working for the state Senate when Hobbs was the Democratic leader, but … it didn’t work out.

The people she’s trying to reach aren’t buying her explanation.

Talonya Adams prevailed in two trials. In the latest an all-white jury determined that she’d been unfairly discriminated against after complaining about pay disparity between herself and others.

After that verdict, six prominent Black leaders issued a statement decrying Hobbs’ handling of the situation.

After Hobbs’ letter was released, Cloves Campbell, a Black former lawmaker and publisher of the Arizona Informant, said, “It does not change our stance one bit. If anything, it proves our point.”

So, why won’t these prominent members of Arizona’s Black community cut Hobbs some slack?

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