Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, running for reelection, is in the fight of his political life. He knows it and the rest of us smell the acrid scent of his palpable fear.
It’s almost enough to make to make him appear a pitiful victim. Then reality takes hold and it’s clear he’s brought this political calamity upon himself. Ducey’s nervous political operatives even tried — and failed — to remove conservative challenger Ken Bennett from the ballot.
In caving in to the demands of the striking teachers who abandoned their students for a week in violation of their contractual agreements, Ducey showed his cowardly underbelly. The 20% pay hike for a part-time job didn’t satisfy the striking unionists. So far in the 2018 election cycle, the “poor” teachers, through their leftist unions have contributed nearly $14 million to politicians —- 94% to Dems and a mere 5% to Republicans.*
Following radical Noah Karvalis, a 24-year-old hip-hop music teacher acclaimed by the Socialist Worker publication, teachers are now coalescing around a permanent Constitutional Amendment straight out of the Marxist playbook of redistribution of wealth with a “tax the rich,” ballot Initiative. Teachers don’t comprehend the simple fact that the small business owners, and those they consider “the rich” and need to be punished for their successes, already pay the lion’s share of taxes. They are the ones who took the risks, worked long hours and ultimately were able to provide jobs enabling their employees to buy homes, cars and send their kids to college. They don’t get the entire summer and long holiday breaks off.
Ducey brought us to this point with his weak response to the #REDsforED thugs, passing as educators. He then added insult to injury by claiming the wage hikes wouldn’t raise taxes. Given his falling on his sword for this economic nightmare, it’s interesting that he is reviled by the teachers, who do not intend to support him with their votes. Another calculated error on the part of the Guv.
Now he cowardly refuses to engage in either of the two scheduled gubernatorial debates. He cites as his reason that well-qualified Ken Bennett, Arizona’s former Secretary of State — the job next in line of succession to the governor and president of the state senate — didn’t show enough deference to Sen. John McCain when he suggested the seriously ill McCain should step down since he is unable to finish out his term. McCain hasn’t been seen in nearly a year.
According to Ducey, bringing up the realities of McCain’s failing health and extended absence is out of bounds. When Bennett said Arizona is unrepresented in the U.S. Senate, Ducey considered the facts concerning his mentor uncouth. Ducey not only refuses to debate Ken Bennett, but has maintained a close relationship with the McCain’s since he came to Arizona to attend ASU. Ducey’s first job was at Cindy Hensley McCain’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. It has been reported he would appoint his former boss, Cindy, to her husband’s senate post when the vacancy occurs.
Somehow, Ducey’s offer is not uncouth, but mentioning the possibility is.
* Center for Responsive Politics