Former business lobbyist and congressional committee staffer Jim Ogsbury has announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., in next year's elections.
Ogsbury, 48, previously worked for Triadvocates LLC, a Phoenix-based lobbying firm. He also served as federal government relations manager with the Salt River Project utility and was staff director for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
...On the federal level, Ogsbury has contributed to the campaigns of the likes of JD Hayworth, Jon Kyl, Rick Renzi, John McCain, and Katherine Harris (of Florida recount fame). He has also contributed to the campaigns of Gabrielle Giffords and Ed Pastor. (Info courtesy the FEC)
...On the state level, he has contributed to Jay Tibshraeny and Jim Waring. (Courtesy AZ Secretary of State)
...The conservative blog Sonoran Alliance had this to say in an April evaluation of potential Republican challengers -
Jim is well-known and well-liked with insiders. While his career has mostly been in Washington, D.C., he is a native Arizonan and hails from CD 5 where he attended high school and ASU....He will likely be able to raise pretty good money and is rumored to have some of his own that he could put in if need be. However, he also has no name ID.
This one is no surprise as his entry has been a strong rumor for months. He can get a head start as many of the other rumored challengers are in one or another elected office and would fall under AZ's "resign to run" law. They'll put off 'officially' announcing as long as possible