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Arizona political figures react to Ducey dropping incentives to lure Nike

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PHOENIX — Arizona political figures shared their thoughts Tuesday after Gov. Doug Ducey announced the state would pull incentives to lure Nike to the Phoenix area after the athletics company canceled a shoe featuring an American flag design.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally praised Ducey for his leadership.

“We must respect the flag and honor those who died defending it,” McSally said in a tweet.

Former NFL quarterback and social activist Colin Kaepernick objected to the Betsy Ross-era design, calling it offensive because of its connection to an era of slavery, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday night.

That led to a string of 2 a.m. tweets from Ducey.

Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward and several Republican members of Congress and the state Legislature also expressed support for Ducey’s decision.

Democrats, however, weren’t as supportive of Ducey.

State Sen. Martin Quezada responded with his own Twitter thread, saying Ducey’s decision serves to enable white supremacy and racism.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego criticized Ducey’s decision because of the impact it would have on Arizona jobs.

“Doug Ducey is taking a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook — playing politics rather than focusing on creating jobs for Arizonans,” Gallego said in a tweet.

State Rep. Reginald Bolding also disagreed with Ducey.

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