For most of my career, I worked for a major accounting and audit firm. I am not an auditor or an accountant and had no authority over my firm’s auditors, yet I was forbidden to hold any investments in or loans from an audit client in order to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. I accepted the logic of that.

Switch to the political world (“Katie Hobbs beats Kari Lake, wins election for governor in Arizona,” Web, Nov. 14). Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, who has responsibility for overseeing the electoral process in Arizona, decides she wants to run for governor. Yet she sees no need to step down from her current post to avoid not just the appearance of a conflict of interest, but an actual conflict of interest (managing the election process by which her future will be determined).

Election Day comes and voting machines fail, run out of ink, reject legitimate votes, etc., notably in areas where voters would typically favor Ms. Lake, Ms. Hobbs’ opponent. The vote count goes on for a week. Ms. Hobbs declares victory, the press doesn’t cry “foul,” the citizenry accepts it when they should be outraged and life goes on with a shrug. 

Clearly, politicians operate by rules that are completely unacceptable in other walks of American life. It’s no wonder people are losing faith in the integrity of our elections or believe our democracy is threatened.

President Biden, look to your own to learn where the real threat to our country lies.


McLean, Virginia

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