Center for AZ Policy head is advising Doug Ducey.

22 Aug 2013 12:48 pm
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.


  1. Comment by Mike Slater on August 22, 2013 3:57 pm

    Donna can’t seem to get over the fact that not all people are liberals.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on August 22, 2013 5:04 pm

    Wow, it must have been a hard job to get such a universally popular veteran campaigner like Herrod to help get a broad spectrum of voters on your side.

    I guess monomania is now the prerequisite for getting on a GOP campaign .

    Well well well, quite the primary shaping up. With your ex GoDaddy BFF sucking up to the TeaParty knuckle draggers and Ducey cleaning out the right wing psych ward, this should make for some great debates.

    “I disagree with my opponent! I have made far more inflammatory racially tinged statements than they have. They are Obama. Obama!!!! ”

    Yep, the GOP is taking a hard right turn straight into the toilet for the run for Gov office.
    Should be nashty fun. Mebbe we can have a circular firing squad like the last Repub prez primary.

  3. Comment by Donna on August 22, 2013 10:00 pm

    Some day I will understand that, Mike. Thanks for continuing to enlighten me.

  4. Comment by Phoenix Justice on August 23, 2013 7:29 am


    Pay no attention to Mike. He just isn’t worth it.

    But you are right, Ms. Herrod would never give her blessing to a “Country Club” Republican. She would only give her blessing to a “God fearing”, but people hating, Christian who believes in a theocracy where gays, lesbians, women and the poor are stripped of their rights.

  5. Comment by Timmys Cat on August 23, 2013 8:32 am

    Bumbum bumbum bumbum bumbum…

    Just when you thought it was SAFE…..

  6. Comment by Mike Slater on August 23, 2013 12:48 pm

    Phoenix Justice, what you meant to say is pay no attention to anyone that doesn’t agree with the liberal way of thinking.

  7. Comment by Timmys Cat on August 23, 2013 8:49 pm

    The informal fallacy of denying the correlative is an attempt made at introducing alternatives where there are none.

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