Democrats Call on Doug Ducey to Fire Cathi Herrod as One of His Policy Advisers

Categories: Election 2014
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Matthew Hendley
Arizona State Treasurer and candidate for governor Doug Ducey.


The Arizona Democratic Party is publicly calling for state Treasurer Doug Ducey to fire lobbyist Cathi Herrod as a policy adviser for Ducey's gubernatorial campaign.

Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, has become a popular target for local lefties recently because of her push for passage of controversial Senate Bill 1062, which many viewed as discriminatory toward the LGBT community.

See also:
-SB 1062 Protesters Demand Apology From Lobbyist Cathi Herrod
-No One Leading Race for Arizona Governor

The call for Ducey to rid his campaign of Herrod came yesterday from Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director D.J. Quinlan:
"SB1062, the legalized discrimination bill, cost Arizona business and hurt our economy -- and it wasn't even signed into law! Doug Ducey can't claim to be running for Governor to grow our economy if Cathi Herrod is one of his top policy advisors. There is no telling how much damage was done to Arizona's reputation during the embarrassing debate over SB 1062, but we know exactly who deserves blame for that damage: Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy. A recent poll showed that Arizonans disapproved of SB 1062 by a 66% to 22% margin including a majority of Republican, Independent and Democratic voters. If Doug Ducey wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, he needs to show Cathi Herrod the door."
While the Center for Arizona Policy and Herrod's agenda are nothing new to the state Legislature, the firestorm surrounding SB 1062 caused more media outlets to explain the conservative organization's sway at the state capitol, including the New York Times.

Despite Herrod's being on the policy committee for Ducey's campaign, Ducey said he would have vetoed SB 1062 if he were governor.

Additionally, Ducey isn't going to show Herrod the door from his gubernatorial campaign. His campaign spokesman gave us the following response from the candidate:
"One of the top lessons I've taken from the private sector is that if I'm only hearing one side of the story, I'm not doing my job. My policy committee is led by Sen. Jon Kyl, and I have purposefully built a coalition that includes diverse opinions, including [those of] Cathi Herrod and several others. If the Arizona Democratic Party is suggesting that I shut myself off and listen to only one side of any issue, my answer, quite simply, is 'No.'"
Ducey, the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, is one of eight Republican candidates in what appears to be a wide-open GOP primary in the governor's race.

Recent polls have shown that a large portion of GOP voters are undecided, but poll results released yesterday by Public Policy Polling measured Ducey in fifth place among the eight Republicans, behind Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

In a hypothetical match-up between Ducey and likely Democratic nominee Fred DuVal the poll shows a tie.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

How is this possible?  Running for Governor? "disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas."?

Time to raise the standards for the Governor's position. Who's going to raise the qualification standards for Governor?  

A disbarred top prosecutor, DA / county attorney, who abused his power should certainly not be allowed. In Arizona, anyone else would have been sent to prison for the damage to innocent lives he caused, not to mention the wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in overwhelming the courts with cases and growing the prison population (as former chief legal counsel for Arizona Department of Corrections, this certainly raises questions).  

allan59
allan59

The hell with Ducey,  CAP has got to go.
CAP is the enemy.  We all should be focusing on the last days of CAP.

Tigger2
Tigger2

Duceybag won't fire her.  He needs all the help he can get to run for Governor.  He is a Ponzi scammer with his Cold Stone Creamery business (do your research).  He knows how to use every trick in the book.  What has he done as treasurer for Arizona  -- absolutely nothing.

TheHandsomeOne
TheHandsomeOne

I think we should elect a dingbat drunk that is so dumb they have to read everything off of a telepro...Never mind.

EgregiousPhilbin
EgregiousPhilbin

Douchebag loves the money from the fundies.


But, he is not going to win governor, he will be in the loser pile with Melvin and Candy.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Hell, let them hire bona fide nazis. Might play well with their base.

Tom Lucas
Tom Lucas

How much money has Herrod or the Center contributed to Arizona politicians?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

He's smart enough to know that you can't win in Arizona without, to some degree, placating the theocrats who just love the Ayatollah Herrod. Face it, when a throwback who thinks the Earth is 6000 years old  can get elected, you're not dealing with people who excel at critical thinking.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

You're in fifth place, Doug, just barely hovering over Candy Andy. You wanna move up a notch? Then fire the beeatch.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mesa Mayor Smith has the experience and understanding of how to deal with ALL people, not just a personal agenda. The Governor's position is one of public servant governing for the common good, not a dictator or puppet "controlled" by special interest groups and discriminatory policies that impact all, not just one group. Ducey is beholden as long as Cathi Herrod is in control of policy.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Running for Governor? "disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas."?

Time to raise the standards for the Governor's position. Who's going to raise the qualification standards for Governor?  

A disbarred top prosecutor, DA / county attorney, who abused his power should certainly not be allowed. In Arizona, anyone else would have been sent to prison for the damage to innocent lives he caused, not to mention the wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in overwhelming the courts with cases and growing the prison population (as former chief legal counsel for Arizona Department of Corrections, this certainly raises questions). 

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@ConcernedCitizenAZ Hey, this is Arizona. What do you expect from the state that elected Ev "Batshit Crazy" Mecham and Fife "The Felon" Symington? (yes I know some of his convictions were tossed on appeal and Slick Willie pardoned him before he could be retried, but "pardoned" is not the same as "exonerated" and he probably would have been convicted again had his case made it back to court.) I do take some comfort in the fact that when Fifey decided to try and run again, his poll numbers were so dismal that he was forced to pull out of the race. But the difference between Thomas and Symington is that the latter was smart enough to quit once he knew he couldn't win, whereas Thomas appears to think he still has a chance, and in a GOP primary this wide open, he might. **shudder** 

On second thought, maybe we should all hope that Thomas takes the primary. He makes ol' Ev appear downright sane, and once he shows up to a debate or two carrying his "Walking Tall" stick, Fred DuVal should be elected governor in a landslide. Candy Andy might even take a few of the more odious GOP legislators down with him. Run, Andy, Run!!!

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