JIM SHARPE

Wanted for coronavirus questioning: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Nov 17, 2020, 12:00 PM | Updated: 2:41 pm

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Helllllllooooooo! Where’s Doug? 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey isn’t exactly missing – but Arizona’s press corps is missing him. And not in a good way. More like a “how-are-we-supposed-to-write-bad-headlines-about-you-without-your-help?!?” kind of way.

It’s been more than two weeks since Ducey held a press conference to talk about coronavirus and he stopped holding regularly-scheduled pandemic press conferences a while back.

Does he have something to hide?

No. It’s more like he has nothing new.

In a second, I’ll tell you what I think his reasons are for not hosting a gaggle of reporters. You might not think they’re legitimate reasons — but they’re his.

But first, how we’ve been getting our dose of Ducey (as of late) is very unsatisfying and definitely not sensational enough to scratch a press itching for answers during our COVID surge: YouTube videos.

Scripted, controlled and calm.

And boring.

It has a lot of members of the Fourth Estate missing the good ol’ days: The head of the Arizona National Guard at one end the head of the state’s health department at the other end — of a giant, socially-distanced table and the governor sitting smack-dab in the middle, facing reporters.

As much as the press pines for them, those days are probably gone and that brings us to why he’s not busting out the Gubernatorial Podium or putting his press aides to any trouble anytime soon:  He has nothing new to announce. He’s not shutting down anything because that’ll just tick off the Arizonans who want the state open and even if he did close stuff, the people who can’t stand Ducey will still complain because it wasn’t soon enough.

Nothing new = no new press conferences.

Actually, if you watch his latest YouTube, it appears Ducey has nothing new to suggest for us either. When he talks about “…wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands, staying home when you’re sick…” I feel like I’m learning less from his YouTubing than I do from those overhead signs on the freeway telling me to “MASK UP!” 

But this dodging by Ducey can only go on for so long. Ducey is the only governor in the country who has not held some form of live coronavirus Q&A in the last two weeks (h/t to Jared Dillingham).

So, I’d like to extend a formal invitation to Gov. Douglas Anthony Ducey Jr. (trying to make it really formal) to appear on Arizona’s Morning News where we’ve treated him fairly and he knows Jayme West and I won’t ask any “gotcha” questions just to try to make him look bad. 

What does he have to lose? All this quarantining from questions is already a bad enough look. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Jim Sharpe

Former President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden, shown during an Oct. 22, 2020, debate...

Jim Sharpe

Wishing the Wizard would grant us a mentally stable presidential candidate

With a Trump vs. Biden rematch all but certain, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe wonders when we will next have a mentally stable presidential candidate.

18 hours ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: Can we go back in time to when our presidential candidates were young?

On today’s Sharper Point commentary, Jim Sharpe asks if we can go back in time to when our presidential candidates were young? Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News Subscribe to the KTAR Daily Newsletter: https://bit.ly/45MmM3G Read articles from KTAR News: https://ktar.com/ Download the KTAR app: https://ktar.com/the-ktar-newstalk-app/ Sign up for texts from KTAR: https://bit.ly/3EoCmGV Listen […]

20 hours ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: Arizona mom arrested after alleged rampage against kids at park

An Arizona woman was arrested for allegedly driving her pickup truck through a West Valley park and hitting a child after she thought her kids were being bullied. Jim Sharpe explains in Friday’s Sharper Point commentary. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News  

4 days ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: Sharper Point: Why the massive increase in homelessness in Arizona?

There has been a drastic rise in homelessness in the state, especially over the last three years, and Jim Sharpe wonders why it’s risen to epidemic levels. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News Photo Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

5 days ago

Split panel image of Donald Trump on the left wearing a cowboy had and Joe Biden on the right weari...

Jim Sharpe

… in a world where Biden and Trump star in a movie called ‘Border Buddies’

With Joe Biden and Donald Trump heading to the border, KTAR host Jim Sharpe ponders the possibility of the rivals starring in a road trip-buddy movie.

6 days ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: Sharper Point: What if the Biden/Trump border visit had a buddy movie theme to it?

With President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump set to visit the Texas border on Thursday, Jim Sharpe wonders if this visit, for them, is all about the face time they’ll get once the cameras start rolling. Video: Felisa Cárdenas and Ed Cole/KTAR News Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Wanted for coronavirus questioning: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey