Al Melvin Quits Race for Governor

Categories: Election 2014
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Gage Skidmore


There are now six Republicans vying to be Arizona's next governor, as Senator Al Melvin says he's dropping out.

Melvin released a statement saying he wasn't going to be able to collect the 4,500 contributions of $5 needed to qualify for Clean Elections funding, a sum of $750,000.

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-Andrew Thomas Comes Up Short for Clean Elections Money

Disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is facing a similar dilemma, but he hasn't signaled his intentions to quit.

"I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign's future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State's office that while Maricopa County's deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today," Melvin said in a statement. "So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisors and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State's office to formally withdraw from the race."

Melvin's from southern Arizona, so the deadline hurts Melvin more than it does Thomas, who somehow still has a few supporters in Maricopa County forking over the $5.

Melvin was fairly far-right compared to the class of Republican candidates for governor, as he fought hard in favor of SB 1062, and has made efforts to take back land in Arizona that's owned by the federal government.

The remaining candidates so far are Thomas, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Treasurer Doug Ducey, former California Congressman Frank Riggs, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones.

Here's what else Melvin had to say about quitting the race:
This was a difficult decision but one that I am at peace with. It was difficult because I believe so passionately about the principles we were campaigning for and because, as other candidates can attest to, you feel a tremendous responsibility to not let down your supporters and all those who have contributed time and treasure to the effort. At the same time, I am at peace with the decision because in spite of our efforts we were not going to be able to win the race, and no one who believes in our shared conservative values wants to see conservatives split the vote and allow a liberal to claim our party's nomination.

Our cause is more important than any one person. For that reason it is time to end this particular campaign. But this is not the end of our fight for secure borders, high Arizona education standards instead of Common Core, tax relief, Texas-style Tort Reform, Universal School Vouchers, an energy policy that addresses Arizona's long-term needs and economic health, and more. I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail soon, and for years to come."

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29 comments
SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Good riddance to one more Republican POS.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Thomas,Riggs and Jones are next to flee since they don't have the support to maintain a campaign. 

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

This is just about republicans. Not the dem candidates. If they run in getting even with Obama they are nuts. His term is over. What have they to offer is the question. Nada.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Why does our state always have to be run by idiot republicans. No wonder it sucks here. They are the scourge of the earth.

slappy
slappy

Al, join the Cold Case Posse.  Supreme Allied Birther, Commander Mike Zullo, will swear you in. 

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Which "liberal" was going to claim his party's nomination?

Egregious_Philbin
Egregious_Philbin

But Big Gay Al, "What about tomorrow?"


I am going to miss the oafish statements from this assclown, but I'm sure the stupid people in his district will vote him back in. 

Anita Mahaffey
Anita Mahaffey

There aren't any democratic candidates, it seems.

Jerk Cook
Jerk Cook

Az votes Republican...bottom line. (Im a democrat so I dislike this)

Craig McDermott
Craig McDermott

So when the other candidates try to poach his supporters by adopting his positions, which one is going to go with "trees cause drought" and which is going to go with "turn AZ into a nuclear waste dump"?

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Damn. I was hoping Anderson Cooper would get to moderate a debate.

thomasloleary
thomasloleary

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dtmac
dtmac

Don't go away sad Al, just go away. BTW, your interview on CNN about SB1062 was some funny shit, maybe a career as a comic or clown would suit you better.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

It was the only sane decision he could make. There's no way he could win. If by some weird fluke he did win, he's too senile to be guv anyway.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

"We won't have any Melvins on your job!"


(so says Parker and Son's Plumbing!)

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Well that's one down...good riddance. Melvin was so far right that he almost made Andy Thomas look sane. Hopefully Thomas meets a similar fate soon. That will just leave us with Frank "I think dumbass Zonies will vote for me just because I have an R beind my name" Riggs, Ken "little birther weasel" Bennett, Christine "Sarah Palin is my idol so what if I had a DUI" Jones, Doug "Cathi Herrod is my BFF" Ducey, and Scott "yeah he might be sane but he's LDS so probably not" Smith.


And because Arizona's democratic party is so weak, ineffective and useless, one of the GOP asshats above is guaranteed to be our next governor (where is Fred whats-his-name these days anyhow? Maybe he's conceded already?)


No wonder this state is so f*cked up.....



mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

It's back to the island with Gilligan, Ginger, Maryanne, the professor and the Howells for Cap'n Al.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@getmeouttahere The Dems don't have to spend a dime right now, as there is only one candidate in their primary.  Let the GOP make fools of their own candidates on their own dollar.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@getmeouttahere 

May one reason it's fucked up is that so many people are bigots:

"yeah he might be sane but he's LDS so probably not"

 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Hmmm...banana creme pie.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

That's insulting to the Gilligan's Island crew Mike.

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