Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona

Reading Gov Doug Ducey’s announcement regarding the renaming of the Douglas Land Port of Entry on the border to the Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry, in honor of Arizona’s 14th governor left longtime Arizonans bemused.

Ducey’s praise of his predecessor was glowing. “Governor Castro was a devoted civil servant, a beloved family man, a loyal friend and an unforgettable, invaluable part of Arizona history,” said Ducey. “He will be remembered not only for making history as our first Mexican-American governor, but more importantly, for the work he did to make Arizona a better place to live. His mission to make our state and nation a remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity is an example we strive to follow today. I’m proud Arizona will continue to honor Castro’s life and legacy with this fitting and lasting tribute.”

No one doubts that Gov. Castro, who died earlier this year at age 98, was devoted to his family and beloved by them.  It’s also true that he had historic status as a Mexican-born governor. But Ducey engages in a bit of hyperbole regarding Castro’s efforts to make Arizona a “remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity.”

Castro, who had earned a law degree and briefly practiced law, was a Democrat Party operative who ran for and was elected as Pima County Attorney and later as Superior Court Judge. He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador and then held the same post in Bolivia. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1970, but achieved his goal in 1974.

That’s where the saga takes a strange twist.

Overwhelmed by the duties of governor, then-President Carter offered him the ambassadorship to Argentina. After just two years as governor, Castro happily jumped at the opportunity and stayed in that post until 1980.

 Castro was succeeded by popular Democrat Wes Bolin, Arizona’s longtime Secretary of State, who had served an unprecedented 28 consecutive years. Shockingly, Bolin suffered a heart attack and died after less than 5 months in office.  The next in line of succession was Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat who then took over the reins of state, and was later elected to two full terms.

Current Gov. Doug Ducey, lavishing praise on Raul Castro, was a child named Douglas Anthony Roscoe, Jr. and living in Ohio when Castro made his mark. Ducey came to Arizona to attend ASU in 1982 and worked for Cindy McCain’s Hensley & Co. Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, where he forged a connection with the senior senator. It’s unlikely he ever met Raul Castro.

Arizona has had more than its share of political musical chairs, and the sleeper office of Secretary of State often provides the direct route to the governor’s ninth floor office.  In 1988 Democrat Secretary of State Rose Mofford succeeded impeached Republican Gov. Evan Mecham. Republican SOS Jane Hull followed the same path in 1997 after GOP Gov. Fife Symington resigned due to a felony conviction — which was later reversed.  Republican Gov. Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when she completed Democrat Janet Napolitano’s term in 2009 after Napolitano resigned to join the Obama administration.

It’s never dull in the desert.


13 Responses to Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona

  1. Maggie says:

    Silly me. I thought Raul Castro was Communist Cuba’s dictator.

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    Speaking of the Arizona Mexico border, Breitbart News has this report including a 2013 video showing Wisconsin Republican Congressmen Paul Ryan and radical leftwing Democrat Luis Gutierrez in unison, pushing for amnesty for illegals. Gutierrez, a very close associate of Jeff Flake, was known for saying he only represented the Hispanics in his majority Latino Chicago district..

    • CD 8 PC says:

      Republicans should remember that US Rep. Paul Ryan was sold to us as a conservative by Mitt Romney, who named him as his VP running mate. And now we’re being told he is the Republican savior to rescue the US House Speaker’s position. Paul Ryan is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

      Ronald Regan was famous for saying “Trust but verity.” It seems we have no one to trust and verification has been flushed down the toilet.

      • Jim Nasium says:

        The City Club of Chicago where this forum took place promotes itself as “non partisan.” That’s only true if you believe Antifreeze makes your Jello sweeter.

        Among its members are/were Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, both father and son former Chicago mayors Richard J. Daley and Richard M. Daley, John McCain, Dick Durbin,. Paul Ryan, Luis Gutierrez and leftwing broadcaster David Gregory

        Also, Democrat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Republicrat Jim Edgar (who along with Quinn was one of the few Illinois governors not to face criminal charges, though he should have, teetering right on the edge of legality as he accepted his largest campaign donation from a company he then gave a government contract to and it repaid his generosity with about $20 million in overcharges.)

        It is Illinois after all. Gov. Edgar was such a wizard that he declared an “L. Ron Hubbard Day” to honor the pseudo religion of scientology founder. Edgar later rescinded his “honor.” We were relieved to move to Arizona! With all of our zaniness, we are politically superior and the weather is much better.

      • Vince says:

        Paul Ryan exhibits incredibly poor judgment in picking cronies. Read this stunning expose of Luis Gutierrez, best bud of both Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Jeff Flake. In many ways, it mirrors that of Cesar Chavez. We can surely do better. I’m ashamed to admit I bought into the “Ryan is an economic genius” garbage we were being fed.

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    Ducey is owned and says what he is told by McCain and Kyl. He was endorsed by Kyl, Lea Marquez Peterson, who heads up the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, open borders athletics and pro-amnesty sports mogul Jerry Colangelo. The waaay left of center Arizona Republic endorsed him! Phil Boas probably wrote Ducey’s press release.

  4. Longtime GOP PC says:

    Thanks once again, SRAZ! You’ve provided a good historical stroll through Arizona history. It brings home the fact that the Secretary of State’s office in Arizona is not just a glorified clerk’s office where paper shuffling is the mainstay, but the equivalent of the Lieutenant Governor’s post in other states. There’s a solid reason the politically ambitious are content to hold that seemingly bland position. It’s just a heartbeat or impeachment away from the seat of power.

    Can anyone point to anything of significance that was accomplished during Castro’s term? I’m old enough to remember and can’t recall anything other than his wife ordering the stringing of garish colored lights on the state capitol dome.

    Jimmy Carter whisked him away very quickly and Castro was happy to be relieved of the duties that weighed too heavily on him.

    Jack Williams who preceded him still holds the title of best governor in my opinion. And what was he fighting at the time? It‘s hard to believe, but it was illegals and their far left champion Cesar Chavez, today given undeserved hero status as his Marxist past has been whitewashed in favor of promoting political correctness. Long after his retirement, Gov. Williams wrote an excellent letter to the editor of the Arizona Republic exposing Chavez. I’ve tried in vain to locate it through Google searches, but not surprisingly, it’s been eradicated.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Very informative, SRAZ, for someone not born and raised in Arizona.
    The first thing I’d think of seeing the name Raul Hector Castro is Fidel’s brother and figure he’s a communist.

    Gee – even a governor, born and raised in Ohio, turns out to be an ultimate ‘insider’ in AZ politics. And starting out with who?! McCain.
    No wonder Hugh Hewitt was pushing Ducey for governor like they were brothers. Ducey was admitted into the AZ RINO McGOP … little did the voters know. It’s stomach-turning.

  6. Gary Darby says:

    The ONLY things that I am personally interested in with the Governor is how he is keeping the Aliens out AND how is he doing on his pledge to make AZ a tax free state by the end of his first term.

    • Doc says:

      “Tax free state”…yeah, right. Whatever, dood. Our illustrious gubnah’ll make THAT happen when pigs fly………

    • LD 23 PC says:

      It sounds as though you missed the news that the “aliens” are not being kept out by Gov. Ducey. He has just opened the border further under the guise of improving our economy through “expanded trade” with Mexico. Ducey takes his marching orders from Juan McAmnesty, so what exactly do you expect to be the result? If you believe we will be a “tax free state” by the end of Ducey’s first term….or ever, you’re smoking something that isn’t legal (unless you’re 19 years old and can claim you have chronic pain.) Every single bond election, school district override or increases in sales tax passes as the sheeple are led to believe the sky will fall unless they cough up more money. The $$ multi-billion funding for light rail which stretches over thirty years means we have not only taxed ourselves but our children and theirs.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      If the governor is part of the AZ McCain cabal, we won’t be seeing any action in fighting the illegal alien influx. Doug Ducey is not conservative and is more in line with Paul Ryan.