The case for Fred Duval

19 Sep 2013 03:51 pm
Posted by: Donna

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell has announced he won’t be running for AZ Governor in 2014 so that, according to most folks in AZ political circles who know about such things, is that. Fred Duval looks to be the Democratic nominee in 2014.

On a personal level, I like Fred. He’s one of those people I’m always happy to run into when I’m at a political gathering. (Which is often lately since he’s, you know, running for Governor.) He’s an approachable, easy-going guy who greets you like an old friend. He says he’s a fan of this blog too! Not that any of that is a reason to support him. (Affability doesn’t tell you anything about a person’s character and Fred could be blowing sunshine up my skirt about my blogging for all I know.)

It’s probably best to start the case for Duval by laying out that which liberals do not find agreeable about him, mainly that he is a centrist who was a founding member of the Democratic Leadership Council, a project started in 1985 to push the Democratic Party in a rightward, business-friendly direction. (Ugh.) He also led the implementation of President Clinton’s Welfare Reform. And then there’s (as I smack my head upon the desk several times reading it) his involvement in a thing called the “National Institute for Civil Discourse”, whose mission promises to deal with “pressing issues like deficit reduction, tax reform and job growth” in the aftermath of Tucson shooting. (Sigh.) Fred still seems enamored of “bipartisanship” (dear God, really?), judging from his campaign website.

Having got all that off my chest, I am supporting Fred Duval for Governor, despite his numerous violations of my ideological priorities. Duval has a solid record of looking out for this state, both in his time working for Gov. Bruce Babbitt on health care, transportation, water issues, etc., and more recently on the Board of Regents. He will be a capable governor, with a similar style to Janet Napolitano. She surely gave liberals stuff to gripe about when she was in office but who among us doesn’t wish she’d turned down that appointment in 2009? I fully expect that, should he be elected Governor, Fred Duval will do things and take positions that make me cringe. Just as President Obama sometimes does, as does my Congresswoman, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. But, as with the President and Rep. Sinema, he will go my way enough of the time to keep me from tearing my eyebrows out.

It is, of course, worth noting that liberals aren’t the only people who vote in this state and everything I listed as a complaint about Fred ought to have moderates elated. I keep encountering people in Arizona who say they want bipartisanship and pragmatism and civil dialog. Fred Duval is the living embodiment of all of that. In particular, I’m looking straight at all you “Top Two Primary” people. Fred is the answer to your prayers. I can’t see any reason why the centrist establishment in this state shouldn’t get fully behind him since there are no real moderates on the Republican side (no, not even Scott Smith).

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on September 21, 2013 7:14 am

    Walgreens starts their Christmas season in August.
    Diva starts her election season NOW!

    The similarities are spooooky.

    She’s making a list, she’s checking it twice
    Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…

  2. Comment by Andy Kern on May 22, 2014 3:00 pm

    ” I can’t see any reason why the centrist establishment in this state shouldn’t get fully behind him since there are no real moderates on the Republican side (no, not even Scott Smith).”

    If there was a very strong moderate Republican running, what would Fred do?

    How would their positions be any different?

    Isn’t he running as the moderate Republican from the Democratic party?

  3. Comment by Ben Zinke on June 11, 2014 9:21 pm

    Having centrist leaning is the only way he has a chance to get elected. We all know he has a strong liberal mind and heart from his past accomplishments. I sure hope he gets in and makes up proud.

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