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KINGMAN – Gov. Doug Ducey expressed praise with how the country is doing under President Donald Trump in a speech made at Saturday’s Mohave County Republican Party Patriot Dinner in Kingman.

 

Ducey expressed thanks for GOP support in northwest Arizona. “It is just a pleasure for me as the conservative, Republican governor of Arizona to be back in Mohave County, the most Republican county in one of the most Republican states in the country,” Ducey told the crowd at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Ducey said the nation is doing well with President Trump in the White House and with Republicans maintaining majority control in many states, as well as the federal government.

“We’ve got historic tax reform and the repeal of the Obama care individual mandate,” Ducey said. “The National Guard has been deployed to secure our southern border and unemployment is down.”

Ducey spoke of his commitment to fighting the opioid crisis and he praised the District 5 state legislative contingent of Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Reps. Regina Cobb and Paul Mosley.

“I really believe we’re showing the nation what a state can do when government operates at the speed of business, demonstrates common sense and stays out of the way of the citizens,” he said.

Ducey warned that Democrats are energized and better organized as they pursue positions in state and local government. He encouraged Republicans to stay focused on holding the majority wherever possible.

“None of us can do anything as elected officials without your continued support, so I want to commend you on the outstanding work you've done for fighting for conservative Republican values and this county is setting us up for another successful election year,” Ducey said.

Ducey mentioned public education only once during his remarks at the fairgrounds. He said nothing about the ongoing walkout that has shut down scores of schools across the state, but he did express support for the package he is proposing that would provide a 20 percent raise for teachers by 2020.

Ducey’s appearance at the partisan Kingman function was not without controversy. It is attracting publicity around the state because he reportedly posed with members of Patriot Movement AZ, described by the Arizona Republic newspaper as a vocal activist group known for bringing guns and yelling at people during political events in the Phoenix area. Teachers participating in the Kingman walkout on Monday said members of the group treated them in a “threatening manner” prior to Saturday’s event.

The newspaper quoted Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, who downplayed any political significance of the governor getting his picture taken with members of the group in Kingman.

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