Also-ran Dem Terry Goddard opts for new route to the job he actually desires
The New Year is upon us and the cry of “Out with the old, in with the new!” is once again chanted by revelers. But don’t look for that tune to ring a bell with Samuel Pearson “Terry” Goddard, III.
The onetime state attorney general’s liberal ego is rewinding into campaign mode, as he gears up for yet another run. This time governor wanna-be Goddard is announcing for Arizona Secretary of State. Due to our constitutional line of succession, that office is just a heartbeat away from the elusive gubernatorial prize he has repeatedly and unsuccessfully sought.
In recent years several Arizona Governors found their way to the state’s highest office by standing in the Secretary of State’s wings.*
Long known for prancing around the Ninth Floor pond, Goddard desperately wanted to do more than merely dip his toe in. It must be tough being repeatedly rejected for the governor’s seat once held by his father. Papa Sam was a short timer, serving only two years, the length of a gubernatorial term in the 1960’s, but at least he was able to get elected once — though he was defeated in his next two contests.
“Terry,” the more informal moniker for his family nickname of “Trey,” meaning The Third in continental-speak — tries desperately to connect to the regular folks in his Democrat party — without much success. As a Harvard graduate, who as a lad attended the tony Phillips Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, he can’t quite span the canyon-like chasm.
Goddard has previously run on public money. At this point, it’s unknown if he will go that route again. Many will remember him as the disappointing Democrat Attorney General, whose opposition to SB 1070 won him few friends outside of the circle of open borders radicals. Liberal to the core, as AG he also refused to join 27 other states in a lawsuit over the federal overreach known as Obamacare. Winning an A rating from the extremist group ACORN did more to harm than help him. This time around the constant candidate disingenuously claims he is seeking the secretary of state post because of his commitment to “voter access” and his opposition to anonymous “dark money.”
During his 2010 campaign for governor he appointed octogenarian Democrat former Gov. Rose Mofford as his campaign chairman. No word yet on his 2014 strategist. During that race he carried a mere 42% of the vote. Jan Brewer won with 55% — after finally signing the popular SB 1070 into law.
In the upcoming primary, Goddard will be challenging Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, so far the only Democrat who has filed for the office. Three Republicans have announced, including conservative Mesa businessman Wil Cardon, Rep. Justin Pierce and Sen. Michele Reagan. Incumbent Secretary of State Ken Bennett is term-limited and running for governor.
*In 1977 Wesley Bolin, Arizona’s longest serving Secretary of State with 28 consecutive years on the job, succeeded Gov. Raul Castro who left midterm to become ambassador to Argentina. Bolin served less than five months before suffering a fatal heart attack. The next in line of succession was Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, later elected to two full terms.
In 1988 Secretary of State Rose Mofford succeeded impeached Gov. Evan Mecham. Jane Hull followed the same route in 1997 after Gov. Fife Symington resigned due to a felony conviction — which was later reversed. Current Gov. Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when she completed Janet Napolitano’s term in 2009 when she resigned to join the Obama administration.
Obviously perennial loser Goddard’s been paying attention.