Gov. Ducey tweets about football as students occupy his office demanding gun control

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Gov. Doug Ducey angered student protesters Wednesday for tweeting about the Arizona Cardinals instead of meeting with them to discuss gun control legislation.

At least two dozen teens from high schools across the Valley occupied the lobby of Ducey's office seeking a face-to-face meeting with the governor to lay out their demands.

[RELATED: Students demand to speak to Gov. Ducey, stage sit-in outside his office]

The governor never met with the young demonstrators, instead he sent one of his staff members to hear them out.

About halfway through the sit-in, which lasted about two hours, the governor tweeted about Tyrann Mathieu, the star defensive back released by the Cardinals earlier in the day.

"Class act! Very rare in these times. You will be missed and @Mathieu_Era will always have a HUGE fan base in #Arizona. Thanks for the @AZCardinals memories and great example," the governor said on his official Twitter account.

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The teen protesters quickly seized on comment, one of them reading it out loud. And judging from the teen's reaction, they thought the tweet was anything but a "Class act!"

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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