Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous

The GOP primary for governor in Arizona is going off the rails as candidates attempt to out-do each other to be the Trumpiest candidate in the race.

On Thursday, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote that GOP candidate Kari Lake had been endorsed by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

"It's probably the second most coveted endorsement a Republican could get in Arizona, given his unshaken (read: unhinged) belief that the 2020 election was rigged," Roberts explained, noting Lake had praised the conspiracy theorist who sought to overturn the election as a "great patriot."

"By Thursday morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon upped the ante. He announced he wants to audit not just the election in Maricopa County but the whole state, given the 'serious discrepancies' that will be unveiled on Friday by Sen. Karen Fann's ninja auditors," Roberts explained.

Salmon served in Congress and was the unsuccessful GOP nominee for governor in 2002, losing to Democrat Janet Napolitano.

"Me? I'm wondering what Karrin Taylor Robson will come up with to become relevant in the race," she said of another Karrin Taylor Robson, who was appointed to the state's Board of Regents by Gov. Doug Ducey and is also running. Robson has been endorsed by former Govs. Jan Brewer and Fife Symington.

Roberts interviewed longtime Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin about the battle to secure Donald Trump's endorsement.

"All the other candidates are trying to hug Trump as closely as possible," Coughlin said. "[Kari Lake] is actually imitating him. She's the outside, angry, no-political-record candidate slinging sledgehammers against the establishment."

"The Trump brand and anything to the right of it is the only brand that exists anymore in the Republican primary right now because nobody has given voice to anything else," Coughlin explained. "Like lemmings over the cliff. There is no independent thought here. It's following a third of the Republican primary voters over the cliff of irrelevancy."

Roberts warned her readers "It's going to be a loooong year."

"It's going get ugly before it gets positively hideous as the Republicans stoop to show who is the Trumpiest of all while Democrats pass the popcorn," she explained.

Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee is also running in the GOP primary along with Steve Gaynor, who lost the 2018 campaign for Secretary of State to Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for governor.

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Re: Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous

Back when I lived in Phoenix AuH2O was the Senator. Often I disagreed with his positions but the man was honest, compassionate, really tried to make life better for his constituents and would be a shining light compared to ANY GOP candidate today.
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Re: Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous

I distinctly remember Goldwater railing against the lunacy that had take over the GOP - and that was back in the 90s. Man was downright progressive when it came to separation of church and state. Or maybe he was conservative, and it was the founders who were progressive? Point is, he thought the fundamentalists were whackjobs who posed an overt threat to the republic. At least on that front, he was not wrong.

Re: Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous

highdesert wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:51 pm AZ has had some colourful governor's, Evan Meacham is probably at the top of that list. He lasted a little more than a year in office and was impeached and removed.
My wife had battles with Meacham and won trying to get a tribe she worked for approval of a casino. He was another hateful person.
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Re: Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous

Vance at least seems to recognize the insanity that has gripped the party and decided to play to it. Mandel is so bad that he's lost a statewide race in Ohio in the last decade, and that took work. A LOT of work. I don't expect Ohio Dems to find another Sherrod Brown under a rock, but I still don't know that his win was so much about his personal brand, and more about what a raging racist idiot Mandel is.

Portman was simply a gutless, spineless, bootlicking toady.

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