Gov. Doug Ducey speaking with the media at the 2022 Southern Arizona State of the State Address at the El Conquistador Tucson on Jan. 14, 2022. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror
Asgain, national media are floating Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down.
Ducey on Thursday rebutted a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. The governor, who is term-limited and leaving office after this year, has repeatedly stated that he won’t run for the Senate this year.
“The answer hasn’t changed,” Ducey said on Thursday.
This isn’t the first time Ducey’s name has come up as a potential GOP candidate against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly. He has in the past definitively stated that he won’t run.
The Politico article was based entirely on anonymous “state political insiders” who think the governor is planning a last-minute entry into the race, based largely on his pointed criticism of President Joe Biden and the federal government in his Jan. 10 State of the State speech