by Jim Nintzel
And so, after spending more than $3.2 million, businessman Buz Mills quits the governor's race. He blames illegal immigrants for his decision:
“I entered the race for governor because the solutions being proposed to solve the state budget and economic crisis were grossly misguided. Higher taxes, unsustainable spending, and more debt will continue to depress job creation in Arizona and delay a recovery. There is no doubt in my mind that fiscal and economic issues are the most important issues facing Arizonans.
“My goal was to offer a clear alternative to career politicians who were running on higher taxes and more spending. Under normal circumstances strong fiscal conservatives do well in Republican primary contests. I liked my chances. Unfortunately, these aren’t normal circumstances.
“SB1070 has regrettably taken the focus off of job creation and fixing the state budget. So even though the chasm between Brewer’s policies and mine is dramatic, SB1070 has politically mitigated those issues. I have therefore decided to suspend the campaign.
“I cannot express enough my heartfelt gratitude to all of those
who supported my campaign. The volunteers who fanned across this state worked tirelessly to support me and our platform, and I will never be able to return the favor.
“Of the many lessons learned, I believe now more than ever in the importance of electing strong fiscal conservatives. The state’s budget needs to be cut and the policies of higher taxes and deficit spending replaced by pro-growth fiscal policies.
“So, after a short respite at the Ranch, I’ll be back to advance the cause.”