There’s no denying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is singing the establishment tune, as evidenced by his appointment selections. They are so out of sync with Republican values, even the leftwing Arizona Republic has taken note — enthusiastically naming him one of 16 Arizonans to watch in 2016 — though not for threatening to return the AZ GOP to its conservative roots.
A few cases in point: Ducey inexplicably picked consummate charlatan Tony Bouie to head the Arizona Lottery, a job that requires the utmost integrity. Bowie, a lifelong Democrat, opportunistically re-registered as a Republican in a GOP heavy district a mere five days before running for a legislative seat, lying to various sources in a failed effort to cover his deceit.
Dec. 16, found Ducey also naming Tobin as interim superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions in addition to the Insurance director post.
Then Dec. 30, Tobin was selected by Ducey to fill the vacancy on the Corporation Commission, replacing embattled Susan Bitter Smith who resigned under pressure.
Now, proving that the so-called “Merit Selection’ System of selecting judges is as political as we all suspect it to be, Ducey picked Goldwater Institute (GI) lawyer Clint Bolick to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. GI is a libertarian think tank, far separated from conservative views on a wide range of key issues. Most importantly, Bolick, a member of Ducey’s gubernatorial transition team, has never served as a superior court or appellate level judge, though the other applicants possessed that crucial background.
A Jeb Bush advisor and amnesty-bent co-author of “Immigration Wars,” Bolick has morphed into a registered Independent on his unusual route to the judiciary. His wife, a perennial candidate, has retained her squish Republican cloak.
This March 2013 link includes two disturbing videos featuring Clint Bolick and Jeb Bush being interviewed by Sean Hannity.
Who’s advising Ducey?