Doug Ducey Supporters Waste No Time Getting Attack Ad Against Fred DuVal on TV

Categories: Election 2014

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Fred DuVal makes children sad, according to this hit ad on TV.
Supporters of Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey aren't taking Democratic challenger Fred DuVal lightly.

With the primary election barely over, Ducey supporters had a DuVal hit on TV, spending more than a half-million dollars to slam DuVal -- a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents -- for college tuition hikes.

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The ad from the Republican Governors Association is strong, but misleading -- tuition definitely has gone up, but DuVal's probably not the villain.

In fact, a Republican who used to be on the Board of Regents with DuVal, Anne Mariucci already has issued a statement on DuVal's behalf:

"I'm a Republican and I need to correct the record about this highly inaccurate political attack on Fred DuVal. I worked by Fred's side to save our public universities when the Arizona legislature decimated higher education during the Great Recession. They cut our public universities deeper than any state in the country, forcing tuition increases on Arizona students.

"Fred DuVal actually kept the doors of education open to students from working and middle-class families by increasing financial aid for students, developing more partnerships between community colleges and universities, and developing new campuses in rural Arizona.

"Fred and I personally developed the formula requiring the universities to reduce costs before raising tuition, and Fred was always the loudest voice in the room to protect students from unnecessary tuition hikes. To cast him in any other light is just wrong."

Of course, the beauty of political attack ads on TV is that you don't get to hear the other guy's explanation.

A source with knowledge of the TV advertising purchase says this first round cost the Republican Governors Association $640,000, with the spot airing in Phoenix and Tucson markets.

Remember, we're still more than two months away from Election Day, and this big ad buy seems to show people cheering on Ducey aren't treating DuVal as some minor obstacle.

We asked Robbie Sherwood, the executive director of Progress Now Arizona, a lefty group, if this ad buy is perhaps a sign that the challenge from DuVal will be taken very seriously.

"Absolutely. Fred DuVal is a viable candidate, and [Ducey supporters] are having to work as fast as they can to try to contain that," Sherwood tells New Times. "And part of the problem is Doug Ducey has emerged from his primary badly wounded by voices within his own party. His credibility and business record has been challenged top to bottom by his primary opponents, and as you can see by the Public Policy Polling poll that came out on election night, his negatives are extremely high."

That's the other indicator that DuVal might not be a Dem to take lightly -- that poll.

The poll showed Ducey and DuVal in a tie. The poll was done in the days leading up to the primary, and was released even before the results proved Ducey to be the Republican nominee, so the match-up was posed as a hypothetical.

And DuVal's rushed to get on TV, too. He announced on Tuesday, the day of the primary election, that his campaign was releasing its first TV ad. DuVal brought out former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a Republican, to give him an endorsement in the TV ad.

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jcsk2
jcsk2

Too funny, it’s We The People of Arizona under our state Democratic Republic Constitution (not Representative Republic) via referendums and ballot initiatives that tied the hands of our legislators by deciding for them, our elected officials where the majority of the State Budget is to be spent. It was under a republican controlled legislature that tuition had to be raised due to budget constraints, caused mainly by Napolitano overextending her budget spending 100% beyond the normal and customary overspending by all Arizona governors of 30% - she over committed Arizona by 60%, mostly with unfunded expenditures. Add the economy issue hit – what is one to do, close the Universities?

Here is where the bitch should be: Ducey says we have a near balanced budget done by legislators (well he was saying it, but not now) over the past four years, they did this by sweeping the Federal Highway (repair) Funds away from Towns, Cities, Counties and the State – walla YOUR property taxes on the rise to repair your roads – and every state representative D or R knows this. Cut funding for Universities and tuition goes up to be paid by the user – right. Steal road repair funds and your local property taxes go up to be paid by the user - right. And Ducey has yet in his political career to cast a vote…………..

Ducey is McCain, didn’t the MCRC and AZGOP censor McMcCain for being a liberal? My classic liberal conservative support and VOTE goes to DuVal. McDucey will leave in 2017 to take an appointment in DC leaving Reagan (SOS) as Governor – pick your poison. 

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Disgusting. Too bad Duval isn't going to win. Arizona is on a downward spiral.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Can't wait for GOVERNER Ducey.  May he appoint Arpaio to higher position so that all mojados must wear pink panties.

Tommy Mcgivney
Tommy Mcgivney

getting called out by doug'the ice cream man'douchey,is a joke.sheriff ''i love mexicans and animals' joe and gov.'drunk by lunch'brewer endorse the ice cream man.vote,please vote with your brain not with your party affiliation or who you parents like

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

Ducey..as in a duece..as in number 2..as in a trud. A Koch filled teabagger ultra extremest turd,

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

I don't know too many poor Democrats running for office either. 3rd party.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

An  Excerpt from Arizona Capital Times-Yellow Sheet sent to www.americanfreedombybarbara.com e-mail address.

Republican Governors Assn laid down this week is a smart move, and one that shouldn’t be interpreted as a lack of confidence in Ducey. 

The goal, the source surmised, is to prevent DuVal from gaining any traction now so that he doesn’t become a serious threat in October. 

By going hard after DuVal now, “you can put him away in the next month.” If the strategy is successful, the source said the RGA will succeed in not only neutralizing DuVal, but preventing outside Dem groups from spending money on his behalf. 

Don Blank
Don Blank

Here come the Koch Brothers buying another State

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

IF you aren't rich, then you aren't even a republican to begin with.

LifeLongLiberal
LifeLongLiberal

I was part of a team of Dem exit pollers and it's not good friends. We offered folks multiple choice and overwhelmingly the answer was that 99.9% of everyone said that they'd and I quote "I rather choke on hard old white dog turdage before voting for a worthless filthy piece of shit like Fred Duval". So, yeah, that was sad. We are doomed liberal peeps...

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

I smell desperation. People of Arizona vote against their own interests.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Need to get DuVal yard sign ...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

He can attack all he wants, I'm not voting for Douchie.

Arputo's endorsement was enough that made decide not to vote for him.

Duval gets my family's votes.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Dirty Dougie the Dark Money Douchebag. Running scared already, letting others sling his mud and filthy lies for him. You can run Dougie, but you can't hide. We all know who supports you, like Cathi "Wh*re Of Babylon" Herrod and the chrstofacist, sexist, homophobic little trolls from the Center For Arizona Policy. And the same Koch-sucking wh*res who own Scott Walker in WI and Rick Snyder in MI, governors who deliberately crashed and burned their respective states' economies, putting thousands of hard-working people into poverty and misery so a few greedy, slimy, disgusting, sociopathic billionaires could have lower taxes. And you admire these governors, so we can only assume you will try to do the same thing here.


Arizona needs another corporate wh*re governor like I need a bad case of the flu. How much did it cost you to sell your pathetic soul to Cathy and the Kochs?


Fred DuVal for Governor. He's not perfect but he's a damn sight better than Dirty Dougie the Dark Money Douchebag.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

So, Douchebag: Didn't you ever need to raise prices on your already overpriced slop at Cold Stone Creamery? Rising prices or inflation, whichever you want to call it, is a fact of life. Lower prices usually can only happen on a sustained basis when the economy is shrinking. Tuition and room and board at an institution of higher learning can only be expected to become more expensive over time. So knock off the bs and talk about how you can fix whatever needs to be fixed. One thing is certain. Things aren't ever going to get cheaper.

marcy
marcy

@downtownbrown


Illegal immigrants end up in federal detention, not county or state.  Senile Joe doesn't get to put pink panties on illegal immigrants now or in the future even if the ice cream man becomes governor.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Gosh dougie, that was quite a retarded statement.  Are you or have you ever been retarded?

Hock
Hock

You shouldn't be...but Arizona has a lot of blue collar Republicans.  I don't understand it...but it's a fact.

marcy
marcy

@LifeLongLiberal


I'd like one scoop of Chocolate Ripple.


Glad to see you got a new job from Doug after BK fired you for insisting you really were the Burger King and scaring the kids by offering to show them your whopper.

Repubtard
Repubtard

@LifeLongLiberal 

lifelongturdsucker

A.K.A. Joearpaiofan.


Your only "Exit Poll" was when you asked Sheriff Babeu how you were.

DNichols
DNichols

@Cozz 

Douchy is just another Arpaio "Butt Monkey" wannabe.

NWEng
NWEng

@Cozz I haven't looked that hard yet; but, if he has Arpaio's endorsement that's an automatic disqualification for consideration in my book.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@getmeouttahere  And when the super-rich  dump a ton of money  in a race , they dam well expect a return on their "Investment" ,from some one like Dirty Dougie Douchebag .

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Is that why Andrew Jackson paid off the entire federal debt?

Or when Woodrow Wilson kicked Germany's ass in world war I?

What about FDR and the fact that he put an end to Nazism and fascism?

You really need to get your facts straight asking.

DNichols
DNichols

@tryaskingquestions @MaskedMagician1967 

When you say "Loser in the White House" you are referring to the G.O.P. drunken D.U.I. artist  Idiot President that completely crashed America's economy prior to Barrack Obama saving it right?!


Not to mention Obama getting rid of the worlds worst Terrorist that attacked the U.S. killing three thousand Americans that Red Neck  Bush vowed to get, then actually forgot Usama Binladens name right?!


trypullingyourheadout

DNichols
DNichols

@LiberalObamaLover @FRONTERA 

Thank you current  United States President Obama for saving America's Economy that was Crashed by D.U.I. Dub, and for getting the worlds worst Terrorist that Dub vowed to get, then actually forgot Usama Binladens name.


Thank you for trying to help Racist Idiots remember the Principles, and Values of "Good" that made this Nation of Immigrants "Great"!


Ignore the "Extremist Right Wing Nuts."

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols


Damn dnicky, you honestly don't believe the stupid shit you post, do you?

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