From GOP candidate to GOP tracker? Politicos were befuddled by GOP gubernatorial primary candidate
Christine Jones‘ appearance Friday at Fred DuVal‘s news conference.
Jones, who supports Ducey, said she happened to be in the neighborhood of the Arizona Education Association in central Phoenix. She offered some comments in response to DuVal’s criticism of her GOP colleague.
Jones said she was not sent by the Ducey campaign, but attended as a Republican Party “unifier” and wife of a high school teacher.
“I was just kind of – literally in the neighborhood – I’m not just making that up,” she said.
“And it’s very interesting to me what comes out of these press conferences and gets through the filter because it tends not to be the whole story. I was really curious really about the whole story than just the snippets that come out.”
That remark left reporters befuddled, given she was a candidate for governor a few short weeks ago and knows exactly how news conferences work.
No mic needed…The start of the legislative session just won’t be the same come January now that Ron Gill, the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Representatives is retiring. Gill’s booming voice has announced the governor’s arrival for her annual State of the State address for the last decade plus. (And given Arizona’s governor’s seat has been occupied by a female for the last 17 years, it has been “her” annual address.)
Gill is leaving to pursue more time with family, and to work on his triathlete credentials. His son has convinced him to start training for the three-sport event, although Gill admits the cycling part has a lo-o-o-ng way to go.
The race that keeps on giving…Who knew the race for Arizona secretary of state could fuel so many Twitter feeds and Facebook posts? But when Michele Reagan held her birthday party at Amy’s Baking Company, famous for its side-show appearance on cable’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” Democrats couldn’t help themselves.
“The only way this makes sense is if Michele Reagan’s internal polling shows her swing demographic is TMZ readers,” said Barbara Lubin, communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party. Robbie Sherwood, executive director of Progress Arizona, posted the photo of Reagan with the Amy’s duo and labeled it “Raging Lunatics for Reagan.”
But Amy’s wasn’t about to collapse like a bad souffle. They tweeted back, chastising Democrats for not focusing on running the country, and applauding Reagan for being “smart enough to not believe what she sees on TV.”
Meanwhile, Team Reagan took a swing at Democrat Terry Goddard, knocking him for running for office with voter-approved public campaign financing while fretting about elections officials raiding the public purse by staging a two-track voting system. Reagan and Co. got out their calculators and figured Goddard has “unapologetically” spent $3 million from public coffers for his own political gain.
That wouldn’t be so bad, Reagan argued, if Goddard didn’t criticize elections officials for spending tax dollars on running dual-track elections, even though his $2 million estimate turned out to be much lower.
Quote of the week:
“To go from millionaire candidate to Republican Party tracker is a pretty big comedown.” — Rodd McLeod, Democrat campaign consultant to DuVal, remarking on Jones’ unexpected appearance at a DuVal news conference Friday.