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Katie Hobbs is launching her new career as the governor of Arizona with an optics problem.
The Democrat, who defeated Republican opponent Kari Lake in November in a close contest, is holding a celebratory ball Saturday evening to mark the beginning of her term as the state’s top executive.
Given the state of the U.S. economy and the millions of Americans struggling with food and energy bills, the inaugural ball is a bad read of the room at the very least.
But the situation is even more off-putting because Hobbs doesn’t seem interested in revealing exactly how the event will be funded, the Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday. There’s absolutely no telling what corporations or special interests are footing the bill for what will undoubtedly be the swankiest political affair of the year in Arizona.
Oh, and it’s the first ball since former Gov. Fife Symington held one in the 1990s. The times were quite a bit different back then.
This is an especially bad look for Hobbs and her people, as she used “transparency” as a cornerstone of her bizarrely quiet campaign against Lake.
“I have always believed that government can be a force for good, and for too long, your state government has been working for the powerful, the partisan, and the special interests,” Hobbs’ campaign website reads.
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