Primary Day 2014: Bums Bounced, Dems Given Openings to Exploit

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Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics.

A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election.

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second-place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was anticipated, though the severity of the trouncing -- a 14-point spread for Ducey -- was not, even for Ducey, who called it a "pleasant surprise" during one post-primary interview.

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GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey, purveyor of the huckster's version of the American Dream

Smith, a pragmatist and a centrist, was the best the Republicans had to offer. But in a six-way race in which he was outgunned financially and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a moderate, siphoning votes that otherwise would have gone to him, Smith's loss probably was inevitable.

His ballyhooed support among Independents didn't get him past 22 percent, at last count. Moreover, Smith didn't have the cash for as much TV time as needed, and the so-called "dark money" was behind Ducey.

Yet, Ducey did not triumph by manna alone.

Look to Christine Jones, onetime lawyer to Internet behemoth GoDaddy.com, who lent her campaign $5 million of her own loot.

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All that money couldn't buy Jones a likable persona, much less a competent one. The more people saw of Jones in those incessant, annoying TV ads of hers, the less they liked her.

Her many blunders -- from saying she'd "send Obama the bill" for her border plan to her telling a TV journo that she enjoyed target shooting with her eyes closed -- were those of a political neophyte and could not be undone with an Amazon River full of GoDaddy-derived lucre.

Ducey scored his 36 percent plurality by selling himself as "the conservative ice cream guy," and by lining up backing from antediluvian right-wingers like the Center for Arizona Policy's Cathi Herrod, law and order hardliners like Sheriff Joe and center-right (for Arizona) politicians like ex-U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Indeed, when Ducey declared in his victory speech Tuesday night that it was a "good day for ice cream," he effectively summarized the simplicity of his appeal as the purveyor of pseudo-wholesome capitalism in the form of Cold Stone Creamery.

Inane? Intellectually, yes. Especially when you consider that Ducey's business achievements as Cold Stone's CEO ain't what Ducey's cracked 'em up to be.

Regard as evidence the company's notoriously high attrition rate for franchisees or that Cold Stone reportedly was overvalued when Ducey sold it to food conglomerate Kahala.


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38 comments
DNichols
DNichols

Sure hope Racist Babeu now endorses Racist Ducey?!

car_del99
car_del99

Off topic.. Can someone please please put a button to be able to read it in one page instead of clicking for every page ?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

[" that's only in a Republican Party where Brewer now (amazingly) is seen as a mod....."]


Mrs. Brewer, a moderate? Um.... nope, not really. She's just elderly and trying to look out for herself and her elderly husband. 


So, Russell Pearce lost, AGAIN. Soon he won't have the need to impress anyone with the Bluetooth ear phone. No one will be calling him. 


I think Ms. Rotellini will hand Mr. Brynovich a defeat. The Republican extreme will still vote party line, but many moderate Republicans will want change in the office, and someone who might have the intestinal fortitude (think Sheila Polk here) to actually prosecute criminal and civil offenders, regardless of political or religious affiliation. 


It's good to see Mr. Horne counting his last days in office. It would be even better to see him indicted, but that ain't gonna happen. 

Jona Henry
Jona Henry

Dems have good candidates- vote blue and turn out in Nov!!!

Ryan Abbott
Ryan Abbott

I'd love to read your articles, but making me click next page is so 1995- over it!

Tom Adikes
Tom Adikes

It was nice to see Horne and Huppenthal get the axe

kd7gmk1
kd7gmk1

And that thought is almost as creepy as the idea of "Governor Andrew Thomas."


You have noo idea..... DPS top echelon ethics took a hit when Halliday was appointed but making Paul "STUDBOI" Babeu director would have sunk DPS lower than a rattlesnake's belly.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Ken Bennett is NOT a moderate. His record, even overlooking the birther thing, is that of a conservative. The ONLY one of the bunch that wasn't completely bonkers was Scott Smith.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

You are NOT correct The New Times at least does some research. Scott Smith was the best Republican candidate. He is moderate and has the leadership skills to work across party labels and get the job done for ALL ARIZONANS. He did a hell'va job in Mesa. Was the first Arizona Mayor to be President of US Conference of Mayors which is quite an honor. Almost a million dollars in "dark money" was spent to defeat Smith. The winner spent $4.3 million which included $2.9 million self funded. Plus 4 "dark money group" 2 from out of state spent millions in his support. In my Opinion he bought the Republican nomination for AZ Governor.Don't knock a paper who will report the truth from all sides.

DNichols
DNichols

Poor Christine Jones, she spewed so much Anti Obama, anti Immigrant, and Border crap I thought she would be a shoe in in the "Desert Racist Wasteland."

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

It's no secret I was supporting Scott Smith a candidate with a record that showed leadership in turning Mesa around. I'm truly disappointed in the Arizona Republican voter's who couldn't recognize a quality candidate. They continue to go for spin and glitz instead of substance. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@car_del99


If you hit "print article" at the very bottom you will get the full text before you online. Once this appears, there will be a pop up that will allow u to "print" or "cancel." Choose cancel, and you can read the entire piece without clicking through.



DNichols
DNichols

In the "Desert Racist Wasteland" "Good" is a deal buster for the G.O.P.

marcy
marcy

@ConcernedCitizenAZ


Doug is going to make sure every resident of Arizona has the opportunity to work behind the counter of an ice cream store.  Good jobs for good people.


Would you like one or two scoops?



kd7gmk1
kd7gmk1

@DNichols  so much for Babeu's endorsement, and don't forget the flake's assertion she served in the Air Force and that she was a prosecutor in the LA DA's office, when she was just an office flunkie.

spunky
spunky

@barbaraespinosa1 voting in arizona is pretty easy. just watch to see who the libtards at the new times like, and then vote for the other candidate. you'll be right every time. if there are several candidates... always vote for the one that the libtards heap the most amount of scorn on. again, you'll always be correct. scott smith's endorsement by the new times was very detrimental to his campaign. what decent citizen would vote for the pick of the degenerate class?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@barbaraespinosa1  It's voters, not voter's. Apostrophe-s is used (1) to indicate possession or (2) as part of a conjunction. Examples: It is (it's); what is (what's) and Joe's, meaning that something belongs to Joe. Ex: Joe's Crab Shack. Apostrophe-s is never used to pluralize a noun. Cat's? Dog's? Dildo's? Uh-uh.

DNichols
DNichols

@spunky @barbaraespinosa1 

Voting in the Arizona G.O.P. is even easier, you simply vote in exact alignment with Supremacist Hate Groups including, Tea Baggers, and Neo Nazi's, or simply vote as directed on television by your Fuhror convicted Racist Sheriff Arpaio.

The Superior Class?!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@eric.nelson745


While you are wasting time with the picayune use of an apostrophe, why don't you explain your bizarre spelling of apostrophe-s as the plural for apostrophe.  Additionally, as a plural it would be improper to use the singular verb "is" instead of the plural "are". 


And speaking of dildos, you seem to exemplify one.    

watchthesky
watchthesky

@DNichols I just received a communique informing me of an imminent step-up in chemtrail spraying over the southern portion of arizona. it's scheduled to occur within the next 7 days. if you haven't changed the filters in your gas mask lately, now would be a good time to prepare.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@fishingblues @eric.nelson745 Apostrophe-s is not a pluralization. You can mean the same thing this way: 's. That's an apostrophe and an s. Is and are... are adverbs! That said, you can go back now to enjoying you 12" vibrating dildie.

crackinghomocode
crackinghomocode

@fishingblues @eric.nelson745 you're wrong on both accounts. he was attempting to spell out 's, not the plural of the word apostrophe. a correct reading of the posting makes the singular verb "is" the right choice. I think eric is gay though, and who really knows what those homos mean by anything. he may have been propositioning you. think it over, you'd probably get to experience some things that you don't get at home.

coffincloser
coffincloser

@barbaraespinosa1 @eric.nelson745 I have no idea what you're babbling about due to the misplaced apostrophe. to be fair though, I don't give a fuck about anything that you have to say, so I didn't try very hard to understand.

DNichols
DNichols

@watchthesky @DNichols 

Thank you, do you have your snorkel, and tin foil hat on?!

By the way please Google "White aresol, barrium oxide, and alluminum oxide" some time?!

Chemical cloud cover to block U.V. rays is being sprayed Globally, China openly shoots it up with cannons, the U.S. sprays it 24/7 with  polytechnic U.A.V.'s.

Do a little research, perhaps look around at the white haze you live in?

Dip Sh..t

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  


"Is" and "are" are WHAT?  Maybe on the short bus and in retard school.  To everyone but the ignorant, "is" and "are" are verbs.


There is no such thing as "apostrophe-s" Jack.  

watchthesky
watchthesky

@DNichols if I were to search for "White aresol, barrium oxide, and alluminum oxide," google would automatically correct the spelling of three of the words and display the wrong search results.

DNichols
DNichols

@watchthesky @DNichols 

It may correct the words spelling, however it would also offer you thousands of pages of information regarding this Government  "Chemical" Spraying in the atmosphere.

Dip Sh..t

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 


Is that what you asked your teacher when she unsuccessfully attempted to teach you the English language?


Arrogance and obstinance never conquered ignorance.    

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols If I may correct the dumb ass spelling, it is dip shit not dip sh..t.

Freaking moron.

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