Ducey not impressed with Trump’s support for Lake


Governor Doug Ducey and President Trump

Gov. Doug Ducey slapped former President Trump on Wednesday for calling him a “Republican in name only.”

“I will maintain my conservative record in Arizona against any other state,” he said when asked about Trump’s comments on Tuesday in endorsing Republican Kari Lake as governor.

But the governor was less eager to fight with Lake who aligned himself squarely with the former president and accepted and touted Trump’s approval. And Lake separately detailed for Capitol Media Services some of the things she thinks Ducey did wrong, alongside the same complaints the former president made about her.

In endorsing the former news anchor for the Phoenix Fox TV affiliate, Trump said she “will do a much better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey.”

“It won’t even be a competition,” continued the former president.

She wasted no time sending Trump’s message, calling it “the most powerful endorsement in political history.”

But Lake, who was competing in what is considered a five-a-side race for the GOP governor’s title, was unwilling to follow the former president down the path of bashing Ducey’s credentials.

“Is Doug Ducey a RINO?” You should ask him the question, ”she said in response to a question.

And Lake said she was happy Arizona had a Republican governor during the Covid outbreak, at least compared to “blue states with Democratic governors.”

This was not the end, however.

“That being said, I didn’t agree with the way Doug Ducey handled Covid,” she continued. “I don’t think Governor Ducey should have shut down the state – twice,” Lake said, referring to the governor’s stay-at-home orders, school closures and some businesses that he shut down. he characterized as “non-essential”.

Former news anchor Kari Lake speaks at the 2021 Southwestern Regional Conference hosted by Turning USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Lake announced on June 1 that she was running for governor. (Photo by Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

And that, said the current GOP leader, shows weakness.

“He could not resist the pressure from the liberal mayors of Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff and the pressure from activists disguised as journalists in the media who pushed him to shut down the state, hide people and destroy our economy, ”Lake said. “As governor, I will never shut down anyone’s business, school or church.”

And then there was what Lake calls the “shady, shoddy and corrupt elections of 2020”.

“With all the issues that were reported in November (Secretary of State), Katie Hobbs should never have certified the election,” she said. “They both let the voters of Arizona down when they did that.”

Ducey dismissed this on Wednesday.

“I am loyal to the people of Arizona,” he said. “And I am loyal to the Constitution and the law.”

The governor also seemed less than impressed that Lake got Trump’s political blessing.

“There are approvals all the time,” he said. “And it will be a very lively primary.”

And he dodged questions about what a nomination from Lake would mean to the Republican Party.

“Look, like I said, it’s going to be a long primary process,” Ducey said.

Relations between the governor and the former president began to deteriorate at the end of November when Trump called Ducey on his cell phone while he was certifying live on television the official election results which showed Biden had won the state and its 11 elections. voice. The governor, knowing that the call was from Trump – the ringtone was “Hi Chief” – did not respond.

“I was at a public ceremony, doing an official act, so no matter who called, I wasn’t going to answer the phone then,” the governor later explained.

Ducey said he recalled the call later and spoke to Trump, but said he did not ask the governor to overturn the election results.

But that didn’t stop the then president, hours later, from reposting a tweet from a pro-Trump television network, declaring that Ducey “betrayed the people of Arizona.” Trump added: “TRUE!”

Trump repeated RINO’s accusation as recently as June, trolling the governor after making it clear he had no interest in running for the US Senate.

“It wouldn’t matter, however, as he couldn’t get the nomination after failing to gamble on voter fraud in Arizona,” the former president continued. “Plus, there’s no way he would get my approval, which means his aspirations would definitely be put aside anyway.”

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