“These days, if you’re going to run for public office, you have to really want the job,” Ducey wrote in a letter to donors obtained by CNN. “Right now I have the job I want, and my intention is to close my years of service to Arizona with a very productive final legislative session AND to help elect Republican governors across the country in my role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.”
It’s impossible to talk about Ducey’s no-go decision without mentioning that the former President had repeatedly targeted the governor for his refusal to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state.
“MAGA will never accept RINO Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona running for the U.S. Senate,” Trump said last month. “So save your time, money, and energy, Mitch!”
Given that full-court press and the fact that he is term-limited as governor, Ducey may have run if Trump either a) didn’t exist or b) wasn’t actively opposed to a Ducey Senate campaign.
But Trump does exist. And Ducey is out.
There’s absolutely no question that Trump has made it harder for Republicans to beat Kelly in the fall. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but with Ducey’s announcement, the climb just got steeper.
The Point: Trump’s attacks on Ducey are a reminder that the former President is solely focused on himself. That Ducey would have been Republicans’ strongest candidate for the Senate matters not at all to him.