Arizona Democratic Party wants Ducey to fire Herrod *updated*

2014-03-04T13:51:00Z 2014-03-04T15:41:10Z Arizona Democratic Party wants Ducey to fire Herrod *updated*By Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

State Treasurer Doug Ducey is rejecting calls for him to fire one of his key advisosr, Cathi Herrod, over her support of SB1062.

Ducey said he is purposely assembled a group of advisors who provides him with a variety of viewpoints. 

“One of the top lessons I’ve taken from the private sector is that if I’m only hearing one side of the story, I’m not doing my job," Ducey said. "My policy committee is led by Sen. Jon Kyl, and I have purposefully built a coalition that includes diverse opinions, including Cathi Herrod and several others. If the Arizona Democratic Party is suggesting that I shut myself off and listen to only one side of any issue, my answer, quite simply, is ‘No.'"

The executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, DJ Quinlan, publicly demaned the state treasurer fire Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, earlier today. 

The state-wide conservative group mostly recently backed the controversial SB 1062.

Ducey, however, did not. He told the Star last week:

“The religious liberty issues that SB 1062 attempts to address are legitimate ones, and I believe there is a way to draft language that would address the concerns of everyone involved and avoid the acrimony and notoriety that have accompanied this bill’s passage. I would veto SB 1062, but would then bring together all the interested parties before this legislative session adjourns to forge consensus on acceptable language protecting religious liberty.”

Quinlan, calling SB 1062 "the legalized discrimination bill" said the bill cost Arizona business and hurt our economy.

"Doug Ducey can’t claim to be running for Governor to grow our economy if Cathi Herrod is one of his top policy advisors," he said. "There is no telling how much damage was done to Arizona’s reputation during the embarrassing debate over SB1062, but we know exactly who deserves blame for that damage: Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy."

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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