Republican State Treasurer Dean Martin has spent his entire career in public office. He was first elected as a state senator, where he came in as a 26-year-old young buck and stayed for three terms. He then won election to the office of Arizona State Treasurer in 2006. Most recently he decided he was ready to run the state as governor, until he withdrew after realizing his campaign was stalled and powerfully overshadowed by incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of SB 1070.
But most politicos saw a future for Martin. Until today, when he inexplicably endorsed Doug Ducey as his successor in the Treasurer’s office.
In endorsing Ducey — a John McCain sycophant who was a financial bundler of at least $100,000 for McCain’s campaign, and integral in the Twelve in ‘10 fundraiser, seeking high dollar donations to benefit liberal Republicans and Democrats — Dean Martin has thrown away his conservative credentials.
Many who were infuriated with Martin’s endorsement of establishment candidate Lisa James for GOP State Chairman gave him a second chance to rehabilitate himself. This endorsement of Doug Ducey over reliably conservative Sen. Thayer Verschoor guarantees he has no chance of restoring his previous luster with the platform conservative Republican base.