Posted by: Donna
Mike Sunnucks reported on AZ gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey assembling a team of policy advisers in the Phoenix Business Journal a few days ago. One of them is none other than Cathi Herrod.
Having Kyl and Herrod in his corner helps Ducey in what could be a crowded GOP primary.
Kyl retired from the U.S. Senate at the end of 2012 and is lobbyist in Washington. He’s also still a key GOP figure in Arizona. Herrod is head of the Phoenix-based Center for Arizona Policy.
The group is a lead conservative opponent to abortion rights and same-sex marriage…
CAP is a major promoter of hatred and bigotry that no reasonable person seeking office should be taking policy advice from yet Doug Ducey is eager to have Cathi Herrod in his corner. I expect to hear the usual excuses for this. “Oh, but he needs to do that to win the primary!” They will act like Ducey doesn’t really subscribe to those views and is simply shrewdly positioning himself so he can win the GOP nomination. The flaw in that theory is that it assumes that Cathi Herrod is stupid, which she is most assuredly not. She wouldn’t sign on with Ducey unless she were certain he fully shares her priorities.
What that means is that the current front-runner for the GOP nomination for Governor of Arizona is a full-blown radical right wing theocrat. One who happens to be successful in business*. As I’ve pointed out before, those are not mutually exclusive qualities. And yes, the very right-leaning GOP primary electorate is a big determinant of the tone and direction of Republican candidates but let’s remember that this is a race for the top of the statewide ticket in 2014. This is not a race where the outcome should be determined by the GOP primary, though the many in the media establishment will act like it is. Should Ducey emerge as the GOP nominee in the fall of 2014, they will then helpfully frame him as a business-focused fiscal hawk and ignore his radical right wing cultural stances, since it’s not like the elites need to worry about those things.
*Former Cold Stone franchisees seem to take issue with how Ducey amassed his fortune.
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