For Tonight: What to Watch For in AZGOV Fourth Debate

For Tonight: What to Watch For in AZGOV Fourth Debate

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1) Fred DuVal Claims That He Knows How To Solve Arizona’s Fiscal Crisis.

What He Says:

‘The notion that on top of the budget deficit that you could withdraw 40 percent of the state’s budget and still fund health care, corrections and education is tooth-fairy math,’ DuVal said.  “I’d like to cure cancer and promise everyone balmy summers, but you’ve got to be candid about the choices that we face.’” (Bob Christie, “Ducey, DuVal Lay Out Visions In 1st Debate,” The Associated Press, 9/10/14)

The Facts:

When Asked About Specific Proposals To “Generate The Kind Of Dollars Needed,” DuVal “Balks.” “[M]oderator Braham Resnick of KPNX-TV pointed out the state already is looking at a deficit the following budget year even without additional payments.  DuVal said he wants to look at reforming the state’s procurement system it uses to purchase supplies and services.  He also said some services could be privatized, like the Arizona Lottery, with a private firm providing cash to the state.  But pushed for proposals that actually would generate the kind of dollars needed, DuVal balked.” (Howard Fischer, “Arizona Gubernatorial Candidates Duval, Ducey Spar Over Education,” Capitol Media Services, 9/11/14)

2) Fred DuVal Asserts He Won’t Raise Taxes, But Continues To Make Expensive Campaign Promises He Can’t Pay For.

What He Says:

“DuVal cited his ‘two red lines,’ one being no new taxes and the other being no more cuts to education.” (Howard Fischer, “Duval, Ducey Spar Over State’s Education,” Capitol Media Services, 9/29/14)

DuVal: “And would you agree that the best literary strategy is [kindergarten], and if so we need to enforce the Supreme Court decision so we can get these dollars to the schools … it’s the fastest way to assure that we meet these literacy goals.”

Ducey: “For those of you keeping score at home, Fred just spent another $200 million.” (Fox 10 Debate, 9/28/14)

The Facts:

Fred DuVal would need to raise Arizona taxes by 42 percent in order to pay for his $4 billion worth of promises from the campaign trail:

  1. Private-Public Rail Line connecting Tucson and Phoenix
    Estimated Cost: $3.6 Billion (minimum)
    (According to ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study)
  2. Restore Funding to the Child Care Assistance Program
    Estimated Cost: $80 Million annually
    (According to Fred’s plan, this is how much has been “slashed” over the last several years)
  3. Restore All-Day Kindergarten
    Estimated Cost: $218 Million annually
    (Cost of All-Day Kindergarten prior to the recession)
  4. Erase Student Debt for Teachers Staying in Arizona for Five Years
    Estimated Cost: $195,000
    (Estimate based on tuition costs for one-tenth of Arizona’s teachers, assuming they graduate in the top third of their class and stay in Arizona for five years)
  5. Increase Financial Aid to Students
    Estimated Cost: $20 Million minimum
    (Estimate assumes doubling current state investment for financial aid)
  6. New Agency to Investigate Political Insiders
    Estimated Cost: $500,000 annually plus one-time costs to establish agency
    (Estimate based on other small state agency operating funds)

3) Fred DuVal Says He Will Be Tough On Lobbyists.

What He Says:

“Fred DuVal today released a plan for tough ethics reform for Arizona politicians and lobbyists, including a ban on gifts, more frequent reporting and putting a stop to the practice of legislators being given free tickets and free trips to sporting events.  ‘As a taxpayer, I’m disgusted,’ said DuVal.  ‘We’ve seen scandal after scandal and enough is enough.’” (Web Site, Fred 2014, Accessed 9/29/14)

The Facts:

Aside from politics, lobbying is Fred DuVal’s favorite profession:

  • DuVal Turned To Lobbying After His Work For Bruce Babbitt. “DuVal struck out on his own after Babbitt left office.  In the late 1980s, he joined a lobbying firm with a cast of characters still known today as heavyweights in the political arena – Chuck Coughlin, Kevin DeMenna, Jason Rose, Robert Robb and others.” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)
  • After Working In The Clinton Administration, DuVal Went Back To Lobbying. “And once he left the Clinton administration, DuVal said [his] style again served him well as a lobbyist.” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)
  • And When Elected Office Didn’t Work Out, DuVal Once Again Turned To Lobbying. “After his 2002 campaign, DuVal worked as a lobbyist…” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)

4) Fred DuVal Likes To Tout His “Bipartisan” Credentials

What He Says:

“I am a problem solver, and I will work with everyone – I will work with Republicans, I will work with Independents, I will work with Democrats – and together, we will move Arizona forward.” (DuVal Nomination Speech, Accessed 9/29/14)

The Facts:

DuVal Was Democratic Governors Association Treasurer. “Fred P. DuVal, treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association, said: ‘Parity between the parties is now the operating principle for many corporate political action committees in the health care industry.  That’s a sea change.’  Mr. DuVal is a government relations consultant whose clients include Pfizer and Aetna.” (Robert Pear, “Drug Industry, Having Long Smiled On G.O.P., Now Splits Donations Equally,” The New York Times, 10/14/08)

DuVal Was A Clinton Administration Official: “DuVal … was the White House liaison to states on implementing Clinton’s welfare reform law.  He also worked at the U.S. State Department and was a staffer on the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign.” (Brahm Resnick, “Bill Clinton Will Headline DuVal Fundraiser,” The Arizona Republic, 9/13/14)

DuVal Was A 1992 Clinton Campaign Staffer. “And Fred DuVal, who heads the [Clinton] Colorado campaign, is a gentle, soft-spoken man, not at all pushy or domineering.” (Walt Harrington & David Finkel, “The Candidate Is Coming! The Candidate Is Coming!” The Washington Post, 10/18/92)

DuVal Was A Fundraiser For John Kerry’s Presidential Campaign. “Fund-raising Chairman Fred DuVal issued revised figures Friday showing that the event brought in about $425,000 for Kerry, nearly twice the amount first reported.” (Jon Kamman, “Kerry: Dems Tough, Too,” The Arizona Republic, 5/8/04)

DuVal Was Director Of Bill Richardson’s “Si Se Puede!” PAC. “DuVal 54, was named as a director of Si Se Puede! Boston 2004 Inc., a committee Richardson formed to pay Democratic presidential convention expenses, filings with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service show.” (William Selway & Martin Z. Braun, “UBS Consultant Joined Richardson PAC Amid Bond Deals,” Bloomberg, 1/13/09)

5) Fred DuVal Paints Himself As A Champion For Education, Including Post-Secondary.

What He Says:

  • “FACT: Fred DuVal kept the doors of our universities open and increased financial aid so more low and middle-income students could go to college.” (Website, Fred 2014, Accessed 9/27/14)
  • “FACT: Fred DuVal made higher education more accessible by developing new partnerships between community colleges and universities.” (Website, Fred 2014, Accessed 9/27/14)

The Facts:

Fred DuVal Voted For Tuition Increases Every Year. (Lauren Gilger, “FACT CHECK: Ad Attacks Fred Duval Raising Tuition, But Is Republican Legislature Really To Blame?” ABC 15, 9/4/14)

Fred DuVal’s Tenure On The Board Of Regents Saw Record High Spending: