Sunday, April 12, 2015

Will Barber run again?

By the time you read this (from Dylan Smith at Tucson Sentinel), the answer may already be in.

[Barber is] set to announce his intentions on Jim Nintzel's Zona Politics show, which airs Sunday mornings but the show is taped earlier. Nintzel's keeping mum for the moment.

Looks like if he runs there will be competition.

State Rep. Bruce Wheeler has already formed an exploratory committee, and said Friday that he's staying in the race regardless of Barber's intention to run.

"I have nothing but respect for Ron, but I think it's time to move on," Wheeler said. The former Tucson city councilman said he'll stick out his race. "I do not anticipate getting out."

Another potential candidate whose name has long been floated as a congressional contender said he won't seek the seat.

State Sen. Steve Farley said Friday that Congress is "a horrible mess that I don't want to be a part of ... reading from someone else's script nationally."

"Ultimately, I think I'm more interested in the local and state issues," Farley said.

AZBlueMeanie at B4AZ is betting that Barber will announce on Zona Politics this morning (hosted by Jim Nintzel). The show airs at 9:30 on KGUN9 - 30 minutes after press time for the SkyIslandScriber. I'm not taking bets.

The BlueMeanie favors a vigorous primary, and so do I. Having "the fix" in well in advance for a single candidate really does alienate some of the party faithful. Just as with the presidential primary, I would like to see a strong progressive challenge to the establishment candidate. We just might get that in 2016 both nationally and in CD2.

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