Category Archives: Governor
By Rob Haney, former Executive Director, Maricopa County Republican Party Executive Guidance Committee
It is highly unlikely that there will ever be another clean elections candidate for governor. In addition to the Herculean task of raising 5,000 $5 contributions to qualify for funding from the Clean Elections Commission, the amount that the candidate would receive is only $760,000.00. This amount of money is woefully inadequate when three of your opponents are spending 5 to 10 million dollars each.
There will usually be a conservative spoiler who will come into the race as an unlikely candidate. Frank Riggs was a late entry into the race. The former conservative California congressman moved to Arizona in 2002 and had been absent from the political scene for twelve years. He established neither name recognition or a political record in AZ, but his entry split the conservative vote. The united conservative front former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas had hoped to build was destroyed before it had a chance to develop.
Millionaires frequently attempt to buy an office for which by experience they are not qualified to hold. The “Go Daddy” executive Christine Jones was such a candidate. Through a multimillion dollar media blitz, she hoped to overwhelm her opponents and carry the vote. However, two other millionaires with political experience, Ducey and Smith, matched her spending, and she ended up in third place. She maintained she was a conservative, but her record belied her assertion. She was a fund raiser for McCain and was caught in numerous misrepresentations about her conservative credentials such as her claim that she prosecuted a case when she was actually only a law student.
It is extremely unlikely that a true conservative will ever defeat a Republican Establishment supported and funded candidate. The voters are not discerning enough to work their way through the Establishment generated media blitz. Only the small percentage of well informed conservatives know that Governor Brewer can not be trusted to carry the conservative flag. She has destroyed any legacy she might have had with them through her tax increases, her backing of Obama Care through Medicaid expansion, and her backing of the federal take over of education through her support of Common Core among other apostasies. But among the general populace, the support of a liberal media has her leaving office with a favorable legacy.
It didn’t take long to become clear Doug Ducey had won the Republican nomination for governor. Following are some of the points he made in his victory speech, flanked by his family and Governor Jan Brewer:
Our schools must do better, without more meddling from the federal government. We will pursue commonsense education instead of Common Core education. Focus on solid teaching, local control and more input from parents so every student reaches their educational dreams
This campaign is for you if you’re for job creation.
I will reach out to all the people.
I will earn the vote by showing the best that is in Arizona
I am thankful for my faith and my family. The best thing I have going for me is my wife Angela Ducey. We couldn’t be more proud of our three sons, Jack, Joe, and Sam.
When the going gets rough it’s great to have the help of Jon Kyl, John Shadegg, Cong. Trent Franks, Bill Montgomery (Maricopa County Attorney), (former Gov.) Jane Dee Hull, Leah Marquez Peterson, (former Gov.) Fife Symington, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I’ve gotten a lot of advice from them.
I learned to respect the strengths of each of my opponents. I applaud their commitment, as all of us should, to public service.
I want every Republican to know we need you in this campaign.
We will make our state a more just, compassionate and welcoming place.
He said tonight is an especially great day for ice cream. Surely Fred DuVal will jump all over that.
He thanked Gov. Brewer for her leadership and wants to stand on the shoulders of her legacy.
We set out to give a great effort. To run with a full heart and press on to the finish.
I’ll work hard as your nominee and together we will win the election for governor.
It was a clean sweep for (Democrat opponent) Fred DuVal. I want to congratulate Fred on his big win. We now know that this guy is unstoppable — if he doesn’t have an opponent. (The Arizona Democrats selected DuVal more than a year ago to be their candidate without allowing any opposition in the primary.)
I’m seeking support from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Liberatians.
It comes down to one thing: Arizona should be a place of opportunity for all.
We will find a better way (than Obamacare) to protect the health care and freedom for people of Arizona.
We will practice spending discipline. The default position of the status quo and special interests is always to raise taxes; we’ll stand up again for the taxpayers of Arizona.
I have a very clear agenda: kickstart the economy, reform education and get out from underneath the thumb of our federal government.
Now I will make my case to all the voters of Arizona.
The next 10 weeks ahead will be filled with hard work and vigorous debate.
Every day I will state my convictions and respect those of others
I will earn the vote by showing the best of Arizona.
Thank you and God bless Arizona.
Doug Ducey has won the Arizona Republican primary race for governor. RINO Scott Smith is in second, with Christine Jones third, Ken Bennett fourth, Andy Thomas fifth and former congressman Frank Riggs sixth.
Mark Brnovich is ending scandal-ridden RINO Tom Horne’s reign as Arizona attorney general.
Diane Douglas ousted incumbent John Huppenthal for Superintendent for Public Instruction. Douglas ran on her opposition to Common Core education, which Huppenthal supported.
RINO Michele Reagan is winning the nomination for secretary of state. She will most likely lose in November to Democrat Terry Goddard.
Jeff DeWitt is heading for victory in the three-man primary race for state treasurer, with RINO Hugh Hallmann in second and former AZ GOP chairman Randy Pullen running third.
Wendy Rogers is leading Andrew Walter by about 5,000 votes in the GOP Congressional District 9 race.
Gary Kiehe is surprisingly leading in the GOP Congressional District 1 in a close race with Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin.
Several incumbent congressmen ran unopposed.
In the Republican race for Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Tom Forese and Doug Little have secured nominations for November’s general election.
In a huge disappointment, Arizona-bashing Bob Worsley has defeated challenger Dr. Ralph Heap in the State Senate race for District 25.
Additionally, John Giles won handily over conservative Danny Ray in the election for mayor in Mesa. Giles was backed by all the current councilmen — all of whom, incidentally, were identified as “friends” and “champions” of Big Government by Americans for Tax Prosperity.
During the summer campaign, The Arizona Conservative questioned the loyalty of many Republican candidates to GOP principles. Several of those candidates won or did well tonight, raising additional questions about Republican voters, as well. Do personalities and advertising tactics weigh more heavily with Republican voters, or do they observe GOP principle as their criteria for voting decisions? The answer is in, and the GOP platform was a big loser in here in Arizona this summer. And as we said previously, it hasn’t been tried and found wanting. For many of the candidates — particularly Smith, Hallmann, Reagan, Worsley, Horne, and others — it has not been tried. Obviously, conservatives have much to do to educate Republicans in this state, which appears to be drifting away from the conservative principles that made America great.
By Rob Haney, former chairman, Maricopa County Republican Party
Self-touting “veteran” and former California Congressman Frank Riggs’ campaign rhetoric at Monday’s forum needs to be measured by his own standards. Riggs bragged about his years in Congress and stated that we must judge a candidate by what he does — not by what he says.
Let’s examine what Riggs has done since he arrived in Arizona in 2001.
Conservative Battles Waged Riggs Claims He Did or Said
Must be US citizen to vote………………………………………………….AWOL
Must show ID to vote………………………………………………………….AWOL
Must be citizen to collect welfare………………………………………..AWOL
No social security benefits to illegal aliens…………………………..AWOL
Opposition to special benefits for dreamers………………………….AWOL
Opposition to sanctuary city for illegal aliens……………………….AWOL
Legislation for employer sanctions………………………………………AWOL
Battles against Amnesty legislation……………………………………..AWOL
Grass root opposition to Kyl, McCain, Flake………………………….AWOL
Attend meetings & rallies to oppose illegal alien invasion………AWOL
Attend MCRC & State GOP meetings to back candidates………..AWOL
Testimony at State Legislature to oppose illegal aliens……..…..AWOL
Statement backing Arpaio, Thomas, Pullen VS illegal aliens……AWOL
Religious Freedom Act…intimidated by homosexual lobby to oppose religious liberty
A conservative in these battles created enemies and bears battle scars. Where are Riggs’ scars? Where are his enemies? He has none because the “veteran” did not run toward the sound of gun fire. He was AWOL. The “baggage” a conservative fighter carries is actually a medal of honor for having borne the battle for us. We welcome Mr. Riggs to the front lines, but he is 12 years late.
The candidate to carry the conservative flag to the Governor’s chair is the man who has borne the battle for us. That man is Andrew Thomas. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of principles we hold dear.