PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, conducted an informal focus group at the party’s headquarters this week and concluded that likely Democrat gubernatorial nominee Fred Duval will be perceived by many as “the most uninteresting man in the world.”
“Democrats in Arizona clearly have a lot of work to do to find candidates that people can relate to. They’ve always had trouble with low turnout, not just among voters but among candidates themselves and they keep making the same mistakes,” said Robert Graham, AZGOP Chairman. “Perhaps it’s despair over the failures of Obamacare, or the lack of impact by Democrats at the legislature, or maybe that the only successful Democrat candidate in the last two decades just moved to California.”
When provided with DuVal’s Wikipedia biography and photo, respondents were asked to pick out the most negative things about him — “lobbyist” and “federal bureaucrat” topped the list. Asked to decide what was most appealing about the candidate, participants cited positives such as “good hair” and “he graduated from college.”
The GOP is the largest party in Arizona with 1.1 million voters representing over 35% of the electorate, and Republicans currently hold every statewide elected office and majorities in the both chambers of the state legislature.