Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb Under Fire for Declining Interview with Black Newspaper

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Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb came under fire Friday after a prominent black newspaper accused him of snubbing the minority community.

The Indianapolis Recorder published a column Friday taking to task the Republican candidate for governor for declining interview requests over a period of two weeks ahead of the 11,000-circulation newspaper’s special Nov. 3 political issue. Holcomb’s campaign cited scheduling conflicts.

“The fact that Holcomb and his staff don’t see or understand the importance of being available to the minority community says that there is either a lack of respect or a total disregard for this publication and the tens of thousands of people who read it on a weekly basis,” Indianapolis Recorder President Shannon Williams wrote.

She concluded: “Shame on Eric Holcomb for snubbing the minority community.”

Holcomb declined to comment through his campaign spokesman, Pete Seat.

Seat said in an email that the campaign had “nothing to add other than this post,” followed by a link to a Sept. 6 Facebook post that features photos of Holcomb meeting with community leaders at an African-American Pastors Roundtable.

Holcomb did attend a gubernatorial forum co-hosted by the Recorder in September, but Williams characterized his participation as “incredibly dismissive.”

“Only after we continued to push them, only after we worked behind the scenes with Holcomb’s surrogates to stress the importance of his participation, and only after we were clear about our intention to let the community know he wasn’t willing to participate, did Holcomb and his people finally concede and agree to be an active participant,” she wrote.

Aaron Williams, a friend of Holcomb’s and senior marketing manager at Appirio, said any suggestion that Holcomb doesn’t care about minorities “couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

“When the state party was selecting who would replace Governor Pence on the ballot,” Williams said, “Eric was the only candidate that had a letter of support from minorities specifically because of his long proven track record of working with the minority community,”

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Source: Indy Star | Tony Cook and Stephanie Wang