Has Governor Ducey been replaced by a Pod?

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Does everyone remember the Science Fiction Classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (released in 1956) where alien seeds drop onto the Earth and start metamorphizing from pods into replicas of the people they replace, taking on their identities?

Is that what has happened to Governor Doug Ducey this week who apparently totally forgot the tirade he unleashed just before the Fourth of July on the shoe company Nike for dropping its product that included the Betsy Ross Flag after one of its spokesmen, former National Football League Quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointed out that the historic symbol has been appropriated by racist fringe groups.

On Thursday, the Governor, in a stunning about-face, welcomed the “good news,” via tweet, that Nike would still be constructing a manufacturing plant in Goodyear after condemning the company last week, going so far as to direct the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw a million dollars in state incentives.

According to AZ Central, this plant would generate “$7.7 million in direct revenue and more than $483 million in economic impact in the first five years.”

Has Governor Ducey has been replaced by a Pod?

No, he has not but this episode does reveal not just the hypocrisy on the Governor’s part but also a lack of core convictions.

He will do anything to look good to his supporters both on the fringe and mainstream and hope they can not tell the distinction.

Congratulations to Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and her team for standing their ground and working for the best interests of their city.

They are examples of good public service that our Governor should learn from.

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.