Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Round, Round, Round She Goes...

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.

4 comments:

roger said...

It is very interesting stuff Ace, for sure. The list you give is a terrible one though. Martin, maybe, but Hayworth???? OH man, and after the scandals that rocked his office... Pullen is considered by many in your party to be one of the saddest and least successful people in the business...let alone a public servant. I am surprised that you left of the Maricopa County Attorny though. It seems he has been coveting the Gov office the most.

AZAce said...

Martin is very popular, almost a kind of folk hero and will have a lot of support if he runs. He is remaining fairly subdued about the possibility of running, however. Pullen has actually been extremely successful in rebuilding the state GOP organization that was in shambles for years. Republican candidates are amazed at the support Pullen has provided in his short tenure which has given him remarkably strong support statewide. Though others are talking about it, he hasn't said anything about running, either. Andrew Thomas is clear he is not running for the office. As for Hayworth? I'm not sure what he plans to do.

Anonymous said...

When did Brewer run for Governor?

Anonymous said...

I hope Gov Janet gets an appointment, because the word is out that she is on a list of women who went up against Clinton, even when her constituents voted hands down for Clinton in the primaries. I doubt she would be re-elected as govenor because of that fact.