Ken Bennett has collected and filed the necessary nomination petition signatures to put him on the ballot, accomplishing that massive task in record time. This so galls the Arizona Republic’s editorial pages editor, Phil Boas, that he’s written a screed that opens with “Ken Bennett is a stand-up guy, but…” Boas calls Bennett’s efforts “bizarre,” declares he’s running “on a lark,” while asserting he “won’t win.” In his rage, Boas misspelled Bennett, omitting a final “t.”
Boas is a sterling character, best known for relentlessly pursuing his own father-in-law, Joe Arpaio, out of the top job in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Arpaio was elected sheriff for an unprecedented six four-year terms.
Even Libertarian-minded columnist Robert Robb called Bennett’s hurdle “insurmountable.” Take that assessment with a with a healthy dose of skepticism. The liberal newspaper finds Gov. Doug Ducey an acceptable Republican because he has no core.
With years of public service behind him, Ken Bennett actually has a lot going for him. He is also the recipient of public fury with Ducey, who acquiesced to the outrageous demands of striking teachers who abandoned Arizona’s 840,000 public school kids for a week while following a 24-year-old Socialist hip-hop music teacher on their escapade. After Ducey caved to their 20 percent salary hike, they are now demanding more, filing a ballot Initiative to permanently provide them additional $millions.
Bennett states his case unequivocally:
“I am running because the truth matters and we are not being told the truth in critical areas. My primary opponent, Governor Ducey, has forgotten that this is a Republican state and is caving to outside interest groups on gun control, outrageous budget spending, NAFTA, DACA, and Obamacare.”
Doug Ducey has been aligned with the McCain syndicate since he came to Arizona from Ohio to attend ASU. As we wrote on Tuesday, Ducey’s first job was working for Cindy Hensley McCain, at Hensley & Co., her Anheuser-Busch beer empire. Although Ducey demures, it is widely rumored he is considering appointing her to fill her seriously ill husband’s senate seat when a vacancy occurs. Ducey and his wife recently visited the McCains at their Cornville ranch.
Bennett is Arizona born and was raised in Prescott, where he was elected to the city council and served as mayor. Later, he was elected to the Arizona Senate where he was selected senate president by his colleagues. In 2008, Ken Bennett was elected secretary of state, a job that is next in the line of succession to the governor. A successful businessman with a degree in accounting, Bennett possesses a skill set based in finance, and would not have interjected himself into the teacher’s union foray as Ducey did, rather than putting the teacher salary trickery back in the hands of the elected school boards who rightly have the ultimate oversight.
In announcing he made the ballot, Bennett thanked Arizona Republicans statewide for their “incredible effort” in securing not only the required number of signatures to make him a viable gubernatorial candidate but giving him a healthy cushion of 26% to overt challenges.
He won’t have the establishment apparatus and money machine behind him, so like Dr. Kelli Ward, who is running for U.S. Senate, he will need our help. Both Ward and Bennett support President Donald Trump. The hard fact is, campaigns are expensive. Bennett is using the Clean Elections funding system.
Conservative Arizonans have been frustrated with the slippery Republicrats who have never represented us. We have a rare opportunity to right the ship of our state. Let’s not muff it.
Watch Ken Bennett’s Channel 12 interview.