Elections aren’t meant to be “nice”

I woke up to texts, tweets and Facebook messages about the new book by David Garcia called “School Choice,” which will be published in September (conveniently just days AFTER the Democratic primary election).

His supporters are calling on me to be nice, by which they mean, I’m not supposed to challenge their candidate on the issues.

This is what Democracy looks like

His supporters don’t want me to challenge their candidate on his very clear and public statement that he doesn’t support ending the death penalty (“…he walked it back,” they say, “as soon as the debate was over!”). They also don’t want me to point out that he has also walked back his call to abolish ICE and now says that abolishing ICE is a “narrative that we need to reject” and that the most important “value” we have to defend on our border is “security” (watch this video of a recent debate – his statement is at 1:06 on the video) not the human rights of the vulnerable people begging for our help.

And they don’t want me to point out his support for charter schools.

Well, ok, I won’t. I’ll leave that up to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Republic, which endorsed him in 2014, in part because of his support for “school choice” – he was actually serving on the board of a charter school until Nov 2017 – and they endorsed him again this year, in this race.

For the record, I have a plan to make charter schools transparent, accountable and RARE. My vision is a state where the best school for every kid, in every neighborhood, is the local district public school. (Read the plan I have for Education in my first 100 days here.)

Photo by Brian Munoz/The Republic (Read the article at https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/07/31/arizona-democratic-candidates-governor-debate-steve-farley-kelly-fryer-david-garcia/872254002/)

It’s been a LONG time since Democrats had contested primaries in this state, so I don’t blame anyone for forgetting that primaries are the place where candidates are supposed to battle it out. I’ve addressed this before. Voters have a right to know what we really think and how we’re different. Primaries produce better and tougher candidates, candidates that are more prepared for the general.

Let me be clear: It isn’t unfair or mean to point out where candidates differ on the issues. That’s actually what an election is for.

How “nice” do you think Doug Ducey and the Koch brothers are going to be?