Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday will formally announce her intent to seek a full, four-year term in 2010, multiple sources close to the Governor's Office tell The Arizona Republic.Ummm...I'm not given to talking smack (really! I'm not! O:) ), so I'll leave it to Don Bivens, chair of the Arizona Democratic Party to sum up my feelings on this development -
Brewer, a Republican who automatically assumed the state's top office in January with the resignation of then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, is expected to file formal campaign paperwork in the morning. Later Thursday evening, she'll appear with West Valley business and community leaders at a Westmarc ceremony in Glendale, Brewer's hometown.
"Her resume is filled with job losses, education cuts and Capitol gridlock -- is this the record she'll run on?"
If nothing else, her confirmed presence in the race will stabilize the rest of the races - State Treasurer Dean Martin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett had been rumored to be eyeing a run at the 9th Floor, but are almost certainly setting their sights on retaining their current offices now. And people like Thayer Verschoor and Jack Harper, who had been rumored to be eyeing *those* seats will now, in turn, lower their sights.
Expect a slew of filings for the Corporation Commission race, which heretofore had been relatively quiet (2 Reps and 1 Dem so far, versus 8 and 4, respectively, last cycle).
Caveat: The GOP is fractured, and fractious, right now, so one of big-name GOPers could try to assume the "more conservative than th0u" mantle and run at her from the right. I don't think it will happen, but it is well within the realm of possibility.