Former GoDaddy general counsel and executive vice president Christine N. Jones, is considering a run for the Arizona Governor’s mansion. Jones left GoDaddy in May and started the Arizona Research Project, a nonprofit established to “identify issues of importance to voters” so they can engage their legislators and help shape policy.
While at GoDaddy, Jones worked on issues relating to intellectual property, online exploitation of children, online pharmacies, the international governance of the Internet, Chinese Internet censorship and the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which Jones and GoDaddy originally supported but later opposed according to Friday’s Yellow Sheet.
Jones told the Yellow Sheet, “It’s something that I’m taking a look at. I’m deliberating it. And I am thoughtfully, carefully, considering it. There have been a lot of people who have approached me and I’ve talked to a lot of people in this town.”
Jones has been encouraging reluctant republicans to enter the modern age. Last month at the Arizona Republican Party state committee meeting, Jones urged Republicans to close the technology gap between Democrats and Republicans. Jones told the crowd of that they must catch up with democrats in the use of technology.
According to the Yellow Sheet, “Jones gave a passionate defense of why it’s important that Republicans close the technology gap with Democrats. She warned about the rhetoric coming from the “other side” that “their guy wants to completely destroy the Republican Party.” “I’m not inclined to let that happen. And I don’t know about you, but I’d like for you to help me do that, because if you get rid of this, you might as well go ahead and write off the Second Amendment. You might as well go ahead and grant the amnesty. You might as well go ahead and take away the definition of marriage. You might as well go ahead and take away all the limitations on abortion – all the things that you guys hold dear and true, because if it’s not for you, it’s done. It’s over,” Jones said. She said the party needs not only the right message, but the right messengers as well.”
“We speak the truth,” she said, but warned that “any well-marketed lie can cover up any amount of truth.” Jones boasted of the success and growth that GoDaddy saw during her time with the company. When she started there, she said, only about 50 companies did what GoDaddy did, but when she left it was more than 1,000. She also mentioned that she set up a dedicated policy shop at GoDaddy “that did nothing but look at issues and try to advocate for good, principled policy.” While talking about Democrats’ desire to destroy the GOP, Jones joked that she’d try to find a nice way to respond. “We’re in a church. I promised my husband I wouldn’t swear,” she said. Jones mostly held true to that, but got some laughs while telling a story about the lessons she learned from her grandmother, “who’s home celebrating with the angels right now, not having to deal with any of this crap.”
Prior to joining the GoDaddy Group Inc., Ms. Jones practiced law at Beus Gilbert, PLLC, a private law firm, from May 1997 to January 2002. She has been a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona since 1997. Ms. Jones is a Certified … Public Accountant and holds a J.D. from Whittier Law School and a B.S. in Accounting from Auburn University.
However, unlike Governor Jan Brewer, Jones does not have a brilliant career in cosmetology in her past.