Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Republican Doug Ducey won his party’s nomination for governor last week with dark money from out of state, $3 million of his own cash, and a full Tea Party platform— support for unborn children and corporate persons but not so much for the rest of us.
With backers like Cathi Herrod, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Ducey looked like the Koch Brothers’ Mini-me last week. Ducey’s regressive social policies and “tooth fairy” economic ideas make him one of the most dangerous Tea Party candidates in a long time. He is a cookie-cutter copy of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Kansas’ Sam Browback, or New Jersey’s Chris Christie. (Check out these Kansas and NJ budget stories linked here; Brownback and Christie destroyed their states’ budgets with the same Tea Party proposals Ducey is peddling in Arizona.)
The dire scenario in which Ducey becomes Arizona governor (shudder) prompted me to write the Top 10 Reasons Why Doug Ducey Is Too Extreme for Arizona Voters and start a Twitter campaign (@Bad4AZ) to educate people about Ducey’s platform and why he and other Tea Party candidates are #Bad4AZ. (Check it out Twitter here and website here. Fellow Tweeters, help me out.)
Now Ducey appears to be backing away from the Tea Party. Was it something I said?
Details from AZ Central…
Doug Ducey, for example, easily secured the GOP nomination for governor by touting the support of national “tea party” leaders Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The GOP embraced Ducey’s more-conservative, anti-Obama, anti-Common Core, anti-government and anti-immigration message…
The strategy served GOP candidates during the primary, political observers say, but during the general election they’ll need to moderate their message to attract more centrist Republicans and independents.
Democrats, many of whom didn’t have primary opponents pushing them toward more liberal positions, say this gives them an edge.
DJ Quinlan, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, predicts Democrats can capitalize on the “civil war within the Republican Party” as well as GOP rifts over Medicaid expansion, Common Core and right-to-refuse-service measures like Senate Bill 1062.
While Republican candidates closely aligned themselves with nationally known “extreme conservatives,” Quinlan says Democratic candidates have broad crossover appeal that will play well with disaffected Republicans…
Democrats have seized on Republican candidates’ associations with controversial figures in their party.
Some candidates, for example, turned out to a Mohave County picnic with anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. And on Sept. 4, the GOP is hosting a rally with Palin and conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, who has pleaded guilty to using straw donors to make illegal contributions to a Republican Senate candidate in 2012. A GOP announcement said Ducey would attend, but late last week Ducey’s campaign said the candidate would not make an appearance…
Ducey may try to moderate his Tea Party message to trick low information voters into voting against their own self interests, but we here at Blog for Arizona are determined to educate as many people as possible. Vote with your eyes open, people. Ducey is dangerous and definitely Bad4AZ.