Some new endorsements in the gubernatorial race: State Treasurer Doug Ducey has landed former governor Jane Dee Hull, who served from 1997 to 2002.

“As a former Arizona governor, I know what it takes to lead this great state,” Hull said in a prepared statement. “Doug Ducey’s experience in the private sector, his leadership in defeating Prop 204 and his love for this state shows that he, too, has what it takes to be this state’s next governor.”

Meanwhile, former California congressman Frank Riggs got the seal of approval from none other than the Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent.

“Arizona is surely one of the best states for quality of life and freedom ... and in these crazy Obama times, Arizona must not just hold the line, she must push back hard,” Nugent said in press release announcing the endorsement. “Frank Riggs is the right guy to do it.”

Riggs said he was honored by the endorsement.

“Ted is a principled and unabashed conservative and a true warrior in defense of our constitutional freedoms, including the Second Amendment,” Riggs said. “Like Ted, I am unwavering in my belief that our U.S. Constitution is the law of the land, and provides us with our individual liberties and state sovereignty.”

Nugent is certainly a supporter of the Second Amendment. In 2007, according to a Rolling Stone report, Nugent appeared onstage in camo hunting gear and waved two machine guns. 

That’s what we call responsible gun ownership.

Riggs has also been endorsed by former state lawmaker Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 and the only Senate president in U.S. history to ever be recalled by the voters of his district. Pearce lost a bid to reclaim his seat in 2012.

Riggs unveiled his first TV ad of the campaign season last week as well, making the unorthodox decision to appear topless and pumping iron. The message: Being governor “is a tough job, and I’m just the guy to do it.”

 

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