Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey And His Double-Speak on Religious Freedom

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Doug Ducey

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey is praising the US Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case, calling it a "win for religious freedom," even though he said just a few months ago that he would, as governor, veto an Arizona measure with the same underlying principles.

We've got a call into Ducey's campaign for comment.

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A controversial 5-4 decision by the SCOTUS allows corporations (i.e., Hobby Lobby, et al) to deny contraception in employee health plans based on the owners' "closely held religious beliefs" against abortion.

On June 30, Ducey tweeted: "Today's #SCOTUS decision is a win for religious freedom and yet another blow to #Obamacare."

In February, he tweeted: "If I were governor, that I would veto SB 1062."

And Cathi Herrod, the architect of SB 1062 and a Ducey supporter, is the first to point out that the proposed state law and the federal case are "the exact same thing."

Democratic Party leaders blast Ducey, who is "locked into a contentious Republican primary for Governor," for "dog whistling" the issue.

Ducey is running against fellow Republicans Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Attorney Christine Jones, a Go Daddy consultant, disgraced and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, former Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former Congressman Frank Riggs.

Ducey also told the Arizona Daily Star that "the religious liberty issues that SB 1062 attempts to address are legitimate ones, and I believe there is a way to draft language that would address the concerns of everyone involved and avoid the acrimony and notoriety that have accompanied this bill's passage. I would veto SB 1062, but would then bring together all the interested parties before this legislative session adjourns to forge consensus on acceptable language protecting religious liberty."

A couple days later, after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill, Ducey published this statement on his campaign website: "Now that Gov. Brewer has deliberated and made her decision on SB 1062, it's time to refocus on the issues that I'm hearing most about from voters around the state -- how to get back to a full-strength economy and create jobs."

But now, Ducey sees a different opportunity.

DJ Quinlan, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, says in a statement this morning that Ducey is "dog whistling" the issue.

"After saying he would veto SB 1062, he promised to work to bring it back again," Quinlan says. "Maybe all those ice cream socials with his party's extremists gave Doug brain freeze or it's just another example of what we see coming from today's extreme wing of Arizona Republicans - and what Barry Goldwater warned about - their relentless attempts to restrict individual rights based upon their own religious beliefs."

So, if the former Cold Stone Creamy executive would veto SB 1062 and it shares the "exact" same principles as the Hobby Lobby case, why is he praising the SCOTUS' decision?

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) mandates that employers make available various types of contraceptions within their employee health plan. So, the owners of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts outfit, sued, saying that forcing them to do so violated their religious rights.

It's worth noting Hobby Lobby's own dripping hypocrisy, as reported by various media outlets, including Mother Jones.

The corporation writhes in sanctimonious disgust at providing employees access to certain contraceptions and yet the company had "more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k)," Mother Jones reported in April.

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Linda Miku
Linda Miku

"I make ice cream. I love Jesus. Therefore Jesus loves ice cream. "Or is it ice cream loves Jesus? Shop at Hobby Lobby!"

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Ducey, another piss poor Republican elected by the lemmings who deserves to have his ass kicked out of office.


Ducey-bag is so stupid.  He is totally clueless.  Read about his Cold Stone business.  He scammed people out of thousands of dollars.


It's sad to say but I actually miss Fife Symington as governor. He may have been a crook and a conservative but he wasn't a nutcase.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I can't stand Cold Stone. It tastes like plaster of paris.

Cozz topcommenter

Name one politician that doesn't talk out of both sides of their mouth, just one !


This might as well have been written by the Arizona Democratic Party Committee.


Unfortunately, it's not a choice of weather the lemmings will elect another idiot as Governor, it's just a matter of which idiot they will elect. 

Chalk up another win for intolerance, ignorance and the Ayatollah Cathi Herrod.


@MoManny He was the only Governor over the past 20 years that actually did stuff. Hull, Napolitano, and Brewer talked a lot but at their best they pretty much just sat around, presided over the status quo, and reacted to the legislature and events.

Cozz topcommenter


Thats why Arizona has been and always will be laughed at.

They elect nothing but nut cases here.


@looker @eric.nelson745  Ducey was a partner in and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, and its parent company Kahala-Cold Stone, until 2007 when he sold his interest.  He then became the lead investor Chairman of the Board for a company called iMemories.  It's unclear to me if he actually has removed himself completely from an association with that company since becoming Treasurer of Arizona in 2011. 

New Times has reported that Ducey employed currently incarcerated former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox at iMemories until 2013.  Simcox was very popular with pols of Ducey's ilk until he was arrested recently on charges that he molested three minors, including one of his own daughters.

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