Terry Goddard Wants to Be AG Again? Puh-lease
Democrat Bob Lord, who ran unsuccessfully for congress in 2008, agrees with me that a Goddard attempt at getting his old job back is a bad idea.
"He's a weak candidate," Lord told me. "Felecia Rotellini is a far, far better candidate. And another thing, Goddard was AG for eight years, and though he did some good things, he didn't go after [Sheriff Joe] Arpaio when he could have."
In reality, if Goddard had made taking down Arpaio a priority, it would have changed his milquetoast image into one of a ball-busting prosecutor. Given that in 2010, the state was in the midst of an anti-Mexican hysteria, looking tough would have been an obvious asset.
A contentious primary on the D-side for AG in 2014 will cost money, money that would be better spent in the general against Horne or whomever the GOP puts up. The Dems cannot rely on a wounded Horne come 2014. Already names are being floated on the R side of the fence as potential primary challengers to Horne.
Chief among these are ex-Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Tom Liddy, a former Marine and onetime chair of the Maricopa County Republican Party, who is currently a top attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
I talked to both men, and lets just say neither ruled it out completely.
"The people mentioning me for [the AG race] don't want me to run for governor," Hallman told me.
Currently, Hallman seems more focused on the possibility of making a bid for the 9th floor, though he has yet to make a decision.
Liddy, a former talk show host and the son of Watergate's G. Gordon Liddy, claimed he hadn't heard rumors that he might make a run for AG.
"First we have to see if Tom Horne is going to run," he said. "I don't know that I would run against anybody. I don't have any thoughts to run for AG."
He chuckled, adding, "If I quit my job and lose 25 pounds then you'll know something's up."
GOP and Dem insiders see both Liddy and a Hallman as formidable foes, should they decide to shoot for the AG spot. Both are considered principled conservatives who can appeal to Dems, and both have the connections to raise the cash for a statewide run.
"It would shock me if [Horne] ran and there wasn't a challenger in the GOP," one Republican heavyweight told me.
It would be far better for the Dems to fall behind Rotellini, Goddard included, and let the Rs duke it out in a primary. That's a no-brainer.
So if Goddard wants what's best for his party and himself, he'll see the wisdom of my unsolicited advice.
And stay out.