Guys, amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell really wants to get the gavel back in his amphibian hoof, and for some reason the saner members of the Grand Ol
Putin, Party are not falling in line.
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will not run for the U.S. Senate this year, he told donors in a letter obtained by The Arizona Republic, finally putting to rest whether he held aspirations for elected office this cycle.
Ducey’s announcement to some of his closest financial allies ends the long-running effort by national and local Republican leaders and deep-pocketed donors to recruit him for the race against Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., whose reelection could decide which party controls the evenly divided chamber.
The extended recruitment by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reflected, in part, the perceived weakness of the existing GOP field of senatorial candidates.
The prospect of a Ducey candidacy has hung over the Senate race for months, possibly bottling up donations and endorsements from key Republican stakeholders.
Gov. Ducey, as you might recall, is loathed by MAGA for his strange belief in actually counting votes and not installing Hair Füror. I’m not saying this is why he has decided to not run for the Senate, but you know it must be part of the calculus.
Our pals at Electoral-Vote summed it up very nicely:
Of course, Arizona is a state that chose not to give its EVs to Trump. And Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) is an incumbent and a very good fit, given his status as a veteran, a former astronaut, and the husband of popular former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. He’s going to be able to spend his time rising money and twiddling his thumbs while his would-be opponents spend their time ripping each other apart, blowing through campaign funds, and tacking rightward in pursuit of the Trump endorsement. Then they will have less than 3 months to recover from that before the general. In other words, Kelly is likely to keep his seat (remember, 90% of incumbents do), especially now that he doesn’t have to face Ducey.
And that is why Mitch McConnell cannot turn that frown upside down. Also: turtles hate being on their backs.