Well, almost. Melissa Delaney, Dicey's spokeperson, had the gall to (a) claim that Dicey is running a "positive" campaign, and then (b) to accuse DuVal of being dishonest. Remember all those negative attack ads? Remember how many of them are aimed at DuVal? Delany has a great strategy. Tell a big lie and then call us liars when we disbelieve the lie.
I'll let you judge for yourselves. Here is the full article from The Republic/azcentral.
Newly aggressive DuVal attacks Ducey
Democratic governor candidate Fred DuVal blasted his GOP rival over education funding Friday, taking a more aggressive tone as the race barrels toward Election Day.
DuVal went on the attack as polls show him tied with or trailing Republican Doug Ducey, and as Ducey's allies prepare to spend another $900,000 in an attempt to seal the victory for their candidate.
DuVal on Friday characterized Ducey as educators' Public Enemy No. 1. He stood alongside teachers at the Arizona Education Association's headquarters in central Phoenix as he leveled his attack.
"Doug Ducey is the most anti-public-education candidate for governor in my lifetime," said DuVal, a former staffer to President Bill Clinton, lobbyist and Board of Regents chairman.
DuVal took aim at Ducey's vow to submit legislation each year to eliminate the state's income tax despite a projected $1billion state deficit next year.
"He wants to do giant tax giveaways to the rich that would cause the largest funding cuts to education in our state — it is simple math," DuVal said. "The fact that he won't admit that his plan doesn't add up shows that Doug Ducey isn't honest enough to be our governor."
Ducey has said he believes the state is on the verge of a rapid comeback that would accelerate if he implements his plan to get rid of income taxes. He has pledged to "submit legislation to reduce taxes every year, with the goal of eliminating personal and corporate income taxes in Arizona." He has said it would take two terms to accomplish.
DuVal has shied away from combative politics during the campaign and has been criticized by some in his party for playing too nice.
The aggressive posture comes in response to an onslaught of attack ads by pro-Ducey groups, including the 60 Plus Association, which accuses DuVal of helping Puerto Rican terrorists gain clemency from the Clinton administration.
DuVal has said the allegations are false.
Asked how his campaign would be heard over the din of the attack ads against him, DuVal said voters "are getting sick of the deceptive ... wrong, factually wrong, deceptive, mean-spirited ads."
He accused Ducey of "using other people, attacking other people, pitting them against each other in order to get him ahead" in both his career as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and now as a candidate.
"He did it in the primary, he's trying to do it now, it's not going to work, people are sick of it," he said. "People want to feel positive about Arizona's future."
Ducey campaign spokeswoman Melissa DeLaney criticized DuVal's career as a lobbyist and said Ducey is running a positive campaign.
"As more and more polls show DuVal trailing, he is growing increasingly desperate and making fictional claims with no basis in reality," she said.
Rodd McLeod, DuVal's campaign consultant, said DuVal'smedia consultant alerted the campaign that pro-Ducey groups are spending an additional $900,000 on ads attacking DuVal in the final week before the general election.
DuVal made his remarks with 11 days remaining until Election Day, after many voters have already returned their early ballots.
DuVal's congenial tone to this point in the campaign may play well with some voters, "but some people would expect him to respond to the attacks and he really hasn't," said David Berman, a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. "He's not an aggressive kind of guy."
DeLaney said DuVal's remarks are "dishonest and false."
"Arizona voters will remember the ... debate on education just a few short weeks ago when Doug demonstrated a deep proficiency on the subject matter and was clearly better prepared than DuVal to address it as governor," DeLaney wrote in a statement. "In just over one week, we are confident Arizona voters will elect Doug Ducey to lead on both education and the economy, and as governor, he will make certain there are no winners and losers in Arizona's schools."
Education has been the cornerstone of DuVal's campaign, while Ducey has highlighted "kick-starting the economy" as his top issue.
DuVal has repeatedly accused Ducey of planning to undermine schools because he wants to appeal a ruling that would direct an extra $317million a year to the public and charter K-12 system.
In August, a Maricopa County Superior Courtjudge issued a ruling in a long-standing lawsuit challenging school funding, requiring the state to boost funding to the schools by more than $300million this fiscal year and in following years. The courts had already determined that the state shorted the public-school system during the Great Recession by not fully covering inflation costs required under the voter-approved Proposition 301.
Ducey has said he wants to appeal the judge's decision because it would buy time for state officials to come up with cost-saving reforms to K-12. He said he would make the first payment "once the appeal is exhausted."
Scriber's message to Delaney and Dicey: if you are sincere about building education in AZ, start with the truth.