H/T to The Range at the Tucson Citizen (Mari Herreras and Dan Gibson) , AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona and Tedski at Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion for spotting this...
State Sen. Frank Antenori (R-Tucson) has all but announced that he will run for Congress next year by posting a faux-poll on his Facebook page asking for "advice" from readers.
He wanted to know if they thought he should run for Congress or stay in the Arizona Legislature. Maybe someone should remind him what happened the last time he ran for Congress.
In 2006, he came in fourth in a five-way R primary in CD8, looking to replace the retiring Jim Kolbe, a spot eventually won by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.
He received 4.12% of the vote.
...It looks as if Hugh Hallman is getting out of Tempe while the getting is good...
From the East Valley Tribune, written by Garin Groff -
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said he’ll stay involved in civic issues and is open to seeking another office after stepping down next June.It's long been rumored that Hallman has his eye on higher office. It appears as if he is setting up a statewide run for 2014, though run for Congress or Fulton Brock's seat as a Maricopa County supervisor next year isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Hallman announced he won’t seek a third term while decrying the state of politics in Arizona. He’d like to address challenges he sees at the state and federal levels, though he hasn’t decided just how yet.
Note: Neither Hallman nor Antenori has an active campaign committee at the federal, state, or county levels that I can find, as of this writing.
...Russell Pearce may not be toast yet, he's definitely feeling the heat.
Word has gotten out that the Maricopa County Recorder's Office has unofficially validated more than enough petition signatures to force a recall election. Most electeds in his position would at least pretend to care about their images, but not Pearce.
Nope. He went on KAET's Horizon on Thursday and started spouting outrageous, and more importantly for the people who have united to unseat him, easily disproven lies about those people.
This on top of a week spend dealing with criticisms over his handling of the "special session to nowhere," the special session called to change a single word in Arizona law that would have allowed 15,000 Arizonans to continue receiving federally-funded unemployment benefits?
The "special" session where the Republicans in the legislature refused to act to help average Arizonans who need the help, unless the corporate benefactors of those Republicans got another big tax cut?
Not a good week for Pearce.
...Not a good week for John Huppenthal, either.
To great fanfare, the man who is Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction pronounced that Tucson's Mexican American Studies program is illegal and must be changed or shut down.
As part of his supporting "evidence" he cited an audit conducted by a private firm.
The problem? The audit he cited actually found that the program didn't violate the law.
Though as Huffington Post's Jeff Biggers points out here, Huppenthal may have done so himself.