PHOENIX — Still a week out from her inauguration, Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs has already managed to marginalize herself in the race for state party chair.
Hobbs endorsed Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo as the next chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party earlier this month. But, according to a new report, other Democratic officials across the state aren’t happy about it.
AZ Free News reported this week that Hobbs has been “attempting to gin up greater support for Gallardo,” whose chairman bid is believed to be on life support after a number of high-profile Democrats — ranging from Mark Kelly and Adrian Fontes to Greg Stanton to Ruben Gallego, among many others — endorsed Yolanda Bejarano, currently the party’s vice chair, as chairwoman instead.
Gallardo was named as a member of Hobbs’s transition team in November.