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“You Bet I Am” — Ducey Oversees RGA Recruitment Which Has Seen Failure After Failure

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While the Republican Governors Association’s major recruitment failures continue, Doug Ducey is making clear he’s been overseeing the disastrous process.

When asked in a recent interview if he’s overseeing recruitment, Ducey said, “you bet I am.” 

Well, you can bet the RGA has major failures in several key states and his rocky relationship with Trump is making things worse. Ducey’s recruitment failures include:

  • Michigan: “Dream candidate” and Macomb County public works commissioner Candice Miller is not running. Neither is RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel nor Congressman Fred Upton
  • Pennsylvania: Senator Pat Toomey is not running, leaving a wide open contest for the GOP nomination. Congressman Mike Kelly is also not running. 
  • Maryland: Gov. Hogan’s Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford is not running, who was described as “best-positioned to offer himself to voters in 2022.”
  • Wisconsin: Senator and Trump crony Ron Johnson has announced that he will not run for governor.
  • Minnesota: Congressman Pete Stauber decided not to run, disappointing many in the GOP.

And in a party where extremist loyalty to Trump is critical, Ducey’s lousy standing with the disgraced former president means he hasn’t even been able to save sitting GOP governors from facing primaries, which have been encouraged by Trump. 

In Georgia — after being encouraged by Trump — Vernon Jones is running against Gov. Kemp, and a recent poll shows a tight GOP primary. In Ohio, Trump has been “fixated” on Gov. DeWine and is encouraging a GOP primary. 

“Under Doug Ducey, the RGA has faced a recruitment nightmare – and his rocky relationship with Trump is only making their problems worse. GOP primaries across the country have been nasty fights about who is more loyal to Trump, as made clear by the ongoing and recent New Jersey and Virginia primaries,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “As the RGA and Ducey continue to get swept up in the ongoing GOP civil war, it’s going to keep hurting Republican candidates and governors across the country.”