Campaign and committees update: busy day on Tuesday

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

 

…First, the big news:  Rep. Chad Campbell, Democratic leader in the
AZ House, announced his decision to not seek the Democratic nomination
for governor in 2014.

His statement, via Facebook –

It’s been no secret that for the last few months I have been considering
running for Governor of Arizona.  Our analysis, as well as independent
polling, confirms that I would be in a very strong position if I entered
the race.  I have talked with Arizonans across the state about the need
to move Arizona in a new direction.  We must focus on job creation,
improving our education system and instilling transparency at all levels
of government.  However, there are other issues that need to be
considered outside of purely political factors when deciding whether or
not to run.  It is with these considerations in mind that I have decided
to not run for Governor of Arizona at this time.  This decision was not
made lightly. I need to focus on my family and other new business
opportunities that will allow me to improve communities not only in
Arizona, but also across the nation.  To the countless number of people
across Arizona who have encouraged me to run, I cannot thank you enough.
 While I look forward to serving my last year in the Arizona
Legislature as the House Democratic Leader, this decision by no means
marks the end of my public service.  I will continue looking at all
options in the future to determine how best I can serve Arizona.

Campbell's departure from the race leaves Fred Duval as the only "name" Democrat in the race.  While there is still time for someone else to enter, it's going to have to be soon.

Note:  I didn't have a "favorite" in the projected race, but I thought, and think, that a robust primary at the top of the ticket would benefit all Democratic candidate by generating interest and media coverage.

…Human
Rights Campaign and other groups announced their plans to support an
effort to repeal the state's constitutional prohibition of same-sex
marriage.

From the Arizona Daily Sun, written by Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services –

Hoping to create a change in attitudes, various civil rights groups
are taking the first steps today to convince Arizonans that letting gays
wed would be a good thing.

The education campaign being launched
comes just five years after 56 percent of those who went to the polls
voted to put an amendment in the Arizona Constitution defining marriage
in this state as strictly between one man and one woman. But supporters
of rescinding the ban contend there are Arizonans who can be convinced —
if not now, then by 2016 — to support repeal. And they say there
already is evidence of a sharp change in public attitudes.

  For
example, Wisconsin in 2006 passed a similar amendment,” said Paul
Guequierre, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, one of several
groups involved in today’s event. “And yet this past year (they) elected
their first openly gay senator in history.”

 

Irony alert, from the same article (emphasis added) -

But Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said
supporters of gay marriage are reading far too much into last year’s
election of Baldwin, a seven-term member of Congress who edged out
former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.

 

“I would not say that the
voters of Wisconsin elected that senator because of her sexual
orientation and that reflects a change in attitudes,” Herrod said.
“People judge candidates on the basis of their qualities, where they
stand on the issues.”

 

I wonder if Ms. Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Theocracy Policy, actually understands the significance of what she said, because for the first time in, like, EVER, I find myself in agreement with one of her statements.

…A
candidate with a last name that's famous in AZ politics has entered the
race for the Republican nomination to the Arizona House of
Representatives in LD 25.  Mesa school board member Michelle Udall has opened a committee for a run.

…Gary Kiehne, campaign address in Eagar, has opened a committee for a run at the Republican nomination in CD1.  Arizona Republic story here.

 

 

2 responses to “Campaign and committees update: busy day on Tuesday

  1. A primary might have been helpful for Fred with campaigning experience but Chad would not have needed that. A primary would have pushed the candidates (on the record)to the left and hurt them in the general with I’s and soft R’s. Fred needs to find other ways to get free media now.

  2. Have to disagree Bob. I think “robust” primaries often lead to general election losses. I like Chad. He’s been a really great leader in the house, but I think he did the right thing here. Plus, there are a LOT of folks who will remember him taking one for the team this time and they will even more strongly support his next endeavor.