Failing to disqualify Ken Bennett, “sweating” Ducey will not have a cakewalk
“Voter’s Win! You put me on the ballot,” is the exuberant news from Bennett’s campaign.
Conservative gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett goes on to explain, “In under five weeks we got 6224 signatures with a 27% cushion. Governor Ducey’s team saw your hard work so he offered money to a signature gatherer to not help me and she refused. So less than an hour before the deadline they filed a lawsuit challenging the petitions.
The lawsuit tried to throw out 12 entire petitions that I personally gathered! 12 Sheets with ten names each for a total of 120 signatures that I held in my hand, looked the person in the eye, and asked them to sign. I am the candidate and the former Secretary of State! My mother and sister who have been politically active and gathering signatures for years in their hometown also had entire sheets on the same list.”
Bennett has every right to be miffed, as he states, “Just think about that.”
“They came up with 19 separate complaints, such as ‘missing address’ or ‘illegible’ and then tried to invalidate the entire sheet of ten signatures. They knew it was all a ruse and withdrew the complaint the day of the trial. Let’s win this Arizona. Honesty still matters. Please help me win the Republican primary to be the Governor of Arizona,” native-born Arizonan Bennett urges.
Obviously Ken Bennett and his team have done an outstanding job and Doug McDucey is worried. But there’s more work to do. Make a $5.00 contribution to Ken Bennett’s campaign. He’s running as a Clean Elections candidate and can only qualify for matching funds if he raises 4,000 $5 donations as required by law. He can also accept seed money up to $160.
McCain ally, Doug Ducey is sitting on a mountain of cash, already having amassed over $3.3 million.
A Ducey campaign operative derides Bennett, the former AZ Senate President and Secretary of State — the next in line of succession to the governor’s office — as a “fringe candidate.” In doing so, Team Ducey is violating a cardinal campaign rule as it relates to adversaries: “Never let them see you sweat.”
Also telling is the fact that Ducey refuses to debate Bennett. No doubt Ducey doesn’t want to defend himself for acquiescing to the striking teachers who violated their contractual agreements as they followed a 23-year old Bernie Sanders supporting socialist, abandoning hundreds of thousands of Arizona students for a week. Ducey rewarded them with a 20 percent pay increase.