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Former Republican Arizona AG Grant Woods is now a registered Democrat

Nov 9, 2018, 4:00 PM

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PHOENIX — Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, who held office for eight years as a Republican, told KTAR News 92.3 FM Think Tank that he has officially re-registered as a Democrat.

Woods has expressed frustration with President Donald Trump and the Republican party, calling their rhetoric divisive.

He endorsed two Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections — Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema and Congressional District 8 candidate Dr. Hiral Tipirneni — as well as Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

“I’ve fought these fights my whole life and I’ve been willing to fight those fights within the Republican party, but now I’ve left the Republican party and joined the Democratic party,” he said.

Woods made the comments during Think Tank, which will air on KTAR News 92.3 FM on Sunday.

Woods served as late Sen. John McCain’s chief of staff and considered himself McCain’s longtime friend.

In September, Woods floated the idea of running for the Senate seat held by McCain, who died from brain cancer in August.

At the time, he was unsure if he would run as a Democrat or an Independent in the 2020 special election.

Woods said he feels as though he did not leave the Republican party — rather, it left him.

“If I am a Democrat, the Republican is not my enemy, and vice versa, because at the end of the day we’re all in the same boat,” Woods said.

“We’re all Americans and we’ve got to move beyond this. We can battle it out in an election, but then we have to actually get some things accomplished, and to do that we should respect each other and listen to each other,” he said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mike O’Neil contributed to this report.

The Think Tank airs on KTAR News 92.3 FM on Sunday at 1-2 p.m. and repeats at 9-10 p.m.

Podcasts are available after each show is broadcast.

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Former Republican Arizona AG Grant Woods is now a registered Democrat