Ducey acting like a moderate in his State of the State

10 Jan 2017 12:39 am
Posted by: Donna

The AZ Legislature opened its session Monday and Governor Doug Ducey delivered his State of the State address (transcript here). I wasn’t at the speech but people who were there were tweeting how it was getting more applause from Democrats. It’s easy to see why, as Ducey called for increased funding to education, child protection, and drug treatment and diversion.

And not only that, despite mentioning “family” or “families” numerous times, Ducey had nothing for Cathi Herrod and her Family Values crowd, not even a dog whistle about “sanctity of life” or anything. I mean, it’s not like he’s George McGovern all of a sudden or anything. There was much of the usual GOP boilerplate about low taxes and smaller government in the speech. But I’m not the only one who saw it as Ducey going in a moderate direction, at least rhetorically. Stay tuned.

My guess is Ducey may be (wisely) predicting the Trump presidency will be an unpopular disaster, one that could bring down his own chances for reelection in 2018, and is positioning himself as “reasonable” in advance of it. Again, stay tuned.

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