Arizona Republic: Cindy McCain endorses Doug Ducey in governor’s race

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Arizona Republic
Maria Polletta
September 26, 2018

PHOENIX — Cindy McCain — philanthropist, businesswoman and wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain — endorsed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s re-election bid Wednesday, calling him a leader “for all Arizonans.”

“Doug Ducey has been … working together in a bipartisan spirit to improve the quality of life for all our citizens,” she said in a statement released by the governor’s campaign.

“He has been a steadfast supporter of our efforts to stem the tide of human trafficking, and he’s consistently demonstrated a willingness and ability to bring Arizonans together in a civil and productive way. We need more of that kind of attitude in our political discourse.”

Cindy McCain’s support doesn’t come as a surprise, given the governor’s close relationship with the McCain family. Earlier this month, she publicly applauded Ducey’s selection of Jon Kyl to replace her husband in the Senate — a nationally anticipated decision, given the late senator’s legacy.

McCain’s endorsement of the governor’s re-election bid came hours after Ducey debated Democratic challenger David Garcia, for the second time in as many days, in a Tucson forum expected to be their last public face-off.

The two went head-to-head on education, border, infrastructure and economic issues, among others, with Ducey working to paint Garcia as an extremist as Garcia criticized the governor’s record.

Ducey has the support of major corporate and political players, while much of the public-education community is backing Garcia.

‘An Arizona treasure’

Cindy McCain serves on the Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking and the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She previously chaired humanitarian group HALO USA, which removes land mines and other unexploded devices from war-torn communities.

She is also chairwoman and majority owner of her family’s beer-distributor business, the Hensley Beverage Co.

“(Cindy McCain) is an Arizona treasure, and I am grateful to not only call her a friend, but also to have her on our team as we work together to secure Arizona’s future,” Ducey said in a statement.

Ducey and his wife, Angela, visited John and Cindy McCain at their Sedona-area property in May, three months before the senator’s Aug. 25 death. John McCain had been receiving radiation and chemotherapy for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The Garcia campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez contributed to this report.


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