Retread Goddard seeks circuitous path to Gov’s office

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.

16 Responses to Retread Goddard seeks circuitous path to Gov’s office

  1. Andre Leonard says:

    Terry Goddard is a good choice. Sad that he has found his way frustrated to the Governors office. After SB 1070 blew-up the way it did. He would make a good Governor..

    • Sgt. Preston says:

      Sounds like you’ve been frequenting one of the new so-called medical marijuana stores for your “chronic” headaches or indulging in too much bubbly before midnight. Terry Goddard is an affluent liberal elitist of the Kennedy clan/John Kerry/Nancy Pelosi mold. He is running for secretary of state under a guise, when in fact, he has never wanted anything more than being Governor of Arizona…an office he’s run for and lost THREE times! He’s shrewdly observed this SOS route has elevated several others to the governorship and he’s hoping to join their ranks.

    • Ajo Joe says:

      Goddard’s closing in on 70 and sees this as a last chance at grabbing the title of “AZ’s First Father-Son Governor Duo.” If you liked the far left reign of Janet Napolitano, it stands to reason you’d love Terry Goddard.

    • East Valley PC says:

      If you click on the “popular” link in the post, you’ll see that many states copied Arizona and enacted laws dealing with illegals. The fact that this group published these numbers is interesting since the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) is the liberal counterpart to ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) which supports federalism and conservative public policy solutions.

      If you read, you know SB1070 was a victim of overreaching, liberal courts which overzealously favor unrestrained (ILLEGAL) immigration.

  2. Tucson Voter says:

    Thanks for another fact filled post, Seeing Red AZ. A lot of us are (comparative) newcomers and don’t have all of this information to guide us. We migrated (LEGALLY!!) from the Midwest just a few years ago.
    Best wishes in the New Year. Keep up the good work!

  3. ZOO says:

    GO-GO-CARDON!……to borrow a phrase

    Michele Reagan – a GOP “gang of nine” immigration bill murderer and Chamber of Commerce strumpet. Does she think we have forgotten?

    • MacBeth says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, ZOO! Wil Cardon is a GOP standout who was unjustly decimated in his US Senate race by the Flake pushing McEstablishment

      This comes with my sincere wish you and yours are gifted with the best in the New Year.

      • ZOO says:

        Thanks MacBeth, and a wondrous New Year to your family and all SRAZ members. Let’s revive that autonomous spirit and get Arizona back on track in 2014!

  4. Delilah says:

    Michelle Reagan the Olympia Snow of Arizona. We will not forget. But Goddard, I would rather a monkey.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Great descriptions, Delilah! You nailed both Michele Reagan and Terry Goddard. Reagan is a first class RINO. I’m in her district and know her by her actions.

      Happy New Year!

  5. State Delegate says:

    Goddard is a walking ego who actually thinks this Secretary of State charade will play with the electorate. His liberal credentials precede him. It’s not much of a stretch to understand his commitment to “voter access” means ensuring more illegals vote in our elections. That’s exactly what Barack Obama is hoping for with his amnesty scheme. If the reckless Republicans in DC go along with this madness, they will have worked to relegate the Republican Party (that they supposedly represent) to irrelevancy. I will NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE who supports such a program, in any of its incarnations. No votes, no money, no time and energy, for those who think so little of this nation and its right to legally protect itself, that they will use any ruse to undermine it. I’m tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. Has the AZ GOP been recruiting any conservatives? If so, I haven’t heard it was happening. The only recruitment I’ve heard of is by the establishment McFrauds who have recruited former lobbyist and Brewer appointee Dept. of Gaming head Mark Brnovich to challenge conservative incumbent Tom Horne. Horne has demonstrated his credentials both as AZ Superintendent of Education (fighting racist anti-American MAS studies in Tucson Unified School District) and as Attorney General where he has defended Prop. 200 before the US Supreme Court fighting voter fraud. Can anyone imagine Goddard doing that? He’d be on the opposite side of the issue!!

  6. LEO IN TSN says:

    CAUTION: Dangerous reefs ahead. BEWARE THE AZ MCGOP (the little Pima County McGOP).

    Our AZ McGOP is using the leftist tactics of flooding the primary fields to divide the votes, so they can sneak in another McCandidate for each office. The AZ McGOP will do everything possible to defeat conservative Wil Cardon for any office, as we saw in 2012.

    Sen. Al Melvin, a great conservative patriot, announced early on for the Governorship. AZ McGOP is scared to death of him because he is a conservative. So slowly they are encouraging more & more candidates into the primary to dilute his vote in favor of their McCandidates.

    In CD1, the AZ McGOP is pushing carpetbagger Andy Tobin, who supported the expansion of Obamaocaid.

    In CD2, the AZ McGOP is pushing Mizzz Martha McMcSally. She got spanked in a Republican primary for the empty Giffords seat, so she and her staff went to work for Dimocrat Ron Barber, helping him to win the special election against the conservative, patriotic, veteran candidate-of-the-people. That makes her perfect for the AZ McGOP. Check the other CDs around AZ, and you’ll find the McGOP trying to shape things their McWay.

    There are a lot of conservatives who will no longer “hold your nose & vote” for someone just because he/she wears the big “R” in public. If the AZ McGOP gets their slate of candidates through the primaries, many conservative voters will refuse to choose between a liberal and a liberal. AZ is in the crosshairs of the left, and the AZ McGOP is helping them turn the state blue. Trey Goddard may be a reality cartoon character, but the AZ McGOP just might put him into the gov’s mansion.

    God bless America.

    • realist says:

      BULLS EYE !!!

    • East Valley PC says:

      You couldn’t be more correct, LEO!
      The AZ GOP is being run by the McCain cabal from the top down. As a longtime conservative party activist, I trust none of them. McCain, Flake and the still meddling behind the scenes Kyl, are not, and have never been, conservatives. They have been successful at duping Arizona Republicans who continue to vote for them when superior candidates challenge them. Name ID and the money incumbents are able to raise from special interests and lobbyists rule elections. I hate to say this, but in many ways, our system is as much of a set-up as the regimes run by dictators. When was the last time an entrenched RINO was shown the door?

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Thank you, Doc.
      We agree with the assessments of the points Leo has made, and wish our sharp readers all the best in the coming year.