December 4, 2019 Press Releases

On This Day: Ducey Ruled Out Senate Run, Post-McConnell Lobbying

On This Day: Doug Ducey Ruled Out A 2020 Senate Run,
After Weeks Of Mitch McConnell Lobbying For Martha McSally’s Appointment
 
PHOENIX — One year ago today, Gov. Doug Ducey ruled out running for U.S. Senate in 2020, following weeks of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell personally “leveraging his political power to try to convince” Ducey to appoint Martha McSally.

McConnell began “lobbying” Ducey to appoint McSally in mid-November, less than a week after she conceded the 2018 election, according to reporting by CNN.

But it would be another two weeks until Ducey — on December 3, 2018 — was sufficiently convinced to publicly rule out a personal 2020 run for U.S. Senate.

And it wasn’t until another 2 weeks after that — and further McConnell lobbying — that Ducey, on December 18, finally appointed McSally to the Senate, causing Arizona Republicans to lament that a recent loser’s appointment “makes the seat harder to defend.”

So far, McSally has proven those critics correct, continuing her record of siding with her corporate special interest backers at the expense of Arizonans.


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