Now that Obama appears to be edging out Hillary for the nomination, speculation about Governor Janet is heating up. It's widely speculated that Janet will get some sort of appointment from Obama should he win the presidency. Some have even speculated that she would get the VP nod. I don't see that happening for a variety of reasons. But, assuming an Obama presidency with Janet in the cabinet, Jan Brewer steps in to fill the vacancy. Who, then, runs for governor in the next general election? Does Jan who ran before want the job for another term? Or will Dean Martin, JD Hayworth, Randy Pullen or someone else step into the race?
On the other hand, assuming a McCain presidency, the U.S. Senate seat would be vacated and filled according to Arizona Revised Statutes which states: "For a vacancy in the office of United States senator, the governor shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy. That appointee shall be of the same political party as the person vacating the office and shall serve until the person elected at the next general election is qualified and assumes office." No doubt, Janet would appoint a Grant Woods now-I'm-a-Republican,-now-I'm-not-politician who would step aside for his friend, Janet, in the general election. Janet has made no bones about coveting the seat, so barring a D.C. desk, she would jump for this chance. On the Republican side, John Shadegg was long expected to go after the senate seat. Now that he has resigned and un-resigned for his House seat, it's unclear where he will want to spend his future years.