Doug Ducey hearts McMentor Jon Kyl
The Dan Nowicki article, “Mentor Kyl helps Ducey gain footing,” is a front-pager in the daily. It’s that important. The exchange of worshipful praise between incoming Gov. Doug Ducey and his acknowledged “mentor” former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl is downright blush worthy, akin to inadvertently witnessing a romantic tryst between two lovers.
But this was not inadvertent. In fact, it’s a bold advertisement of what to expect from the Ducey administration. Picture the intended message ricocheting statewide in eye-popping Day-Glo fluorescents.
For every enthusiastic accolade Ducey lobs in Kyl’s direction, there is a return serve. Kyl is quoted as saying he and Ducey think alike. “We’re both conservative,” Kyl fibbed. As for Ducey, he says he hopes to rely on Kyl long past his current stint chairing the governor-elect’s transition team.
Liberal pollster Bruce Merrill says he sees similarities between the two men. Merrill notes that Kyl’s position at the helm of Ducey’s transition team is just one sign of his continuing influence in Arizona politics and policy.
We’ve observed that very trait in 2012 watching in disbelief as Jon Kyl inveigled himself into precinct committeemen elections, as he attempted to oust conservatives from the political posts by sending out these mailers to households in a concerted effort to dilute the grassroots base.
Kyl worked diligently, devoting himself to selling his endorsed slates of RINOs to commandeer the precinct committeemen elections in contested precincts. These elections are fundamental to the direction of the party since it is the elected precinct committeemen who then elect the intra-party county leadership. Some committeemen are elected as state committeemen and represent their districts at the statewide GOP statutory meeting, electing state party officers.
Reporter Nowicki, whose main assignment is covering John McCain, notes McCain’s admiration for Kyl, as he enthuses “He [Kyl] is respected by one and all, Republican and Democrat,” McCain said of his former Senate colleague. “I wish I were as good a public servant as Jon Kyl. I think he’s a wonderful man.”
There you have it. A warm triad, mutual admiration society—- and one to watch like a hawk.