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.

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lucybabeu
lucybabeu

dead to all , I never met so many people that just thrived on betrayal, lies and dishonesty in my whole life. I would rather  be alone with integrity like my son Zachary Babeu, then ever have one person in my life. If  any one ever see Zachary Babeu, Mom loves you always. Take care my son, Your MOM Forever cares and loves you. You are never selfish and are the smartest man I know.  I love you more than anyone. I love you for always telling the truth and you are always in my  me  heart.my dear and only one. Only your MOM 

lucybabeu
lucybabeu

Goddard you are going to be right there with Horne in the gutter you little creep. Don't act all ethical you asshole. You are just another backdoor corrupt jerk who could care less about somesome safety. Fuck you and abc15.com  and the dillusional Tim Steller, who thinks he came up with the DeSisto Story. Sorry, Asshole, Tim Steller, you were wrong on everything, especially about giving me a interview. You are just a dumb asshole, who is going to get sued for saying I gave you a interview, when I did no,t you slime fucker. Lucy Babeu   I know Norman Jones and Keith Hurt love you, but it is too bad. I hate liars like you and them.

lucybabeu
lucybabeu

Goddard will be exposed by me in all the email I sent to his agent Vern Alley . And Norm , Keith , and Revelos, you do not have them all. Because some are about you.

 Also, if abc15.com thinks they are going to get away with ruining my brother Paul Babeu,  I have it copied Maria what you sent me, how you said " Paul and his Deputies were going to hurt me" which was never said. Now Paul can sue you. You people lied to me. And Jose if you think that you can go to a faghag party and have fun running around naked and give your story about my brother Paul Babeu to Jim, from pnt, who is at the party and act all wounded, you are sadly mistaked. You all lied about my brother Paul, then Phoenix new times gives the naked picture of Paul to roberto revelelos who also has stoled my material.

ONe more warning for Tim Steller from Tucson Daily Star, I never gave you a interview . Paul will sue the hell out of you . YOu are a liar for saying I gave you one. Lucy Babeu

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

T.Horne is a political dead-man-walking of his own device.  You simply can't spend your days sniffing up the cooter-pie-of your honey delight on business hours and  garner one ounce of respect.  Had Tommy-Boy been more focused on coming up with State solutions to gun violence or some such other pressing public concern--rather than scratching his prurient interests on the public dime--maybe he or his collect brain trust could have found a solution that may in the future save human lives.  I hope the future AG will take a lesson from this arrogant, self absorbed "public servant" and actually do the job they were elected to. 

lee.murphy75
lee.murphy75

I think it's cute that Lemons, a guy who makes up stories for a cheesy rag read by brain dead stoners, is all a flutter over a guy because he went to Harvard.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

I think Terry Goddard would be a much better candidate for Secretary of State.  Which, in this era has resulted in many governorships - Make it a team effort - Terry for Secretary of State!

beatystud
beatystud

UGLY OLD LADYS..MORMON CAR THIEVES GAY COPS ..WOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE SO CONSERVITIVE...lol

beatystud
beatystud

AFTER THE NAZI HORNE IT WOULD BE FRESH AND WELCOME..WHAT A POISON PEN JOURNALIST THIS "LEMON IS A LEMON"

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Mr. Goddard had many opportunities to show some muscle when he was attorney general, and found many reasons why he shouldn't. I have no reason to expect that he would do much of anything over the course of four more years in the same office. He didn't have the intestinal fortitude to take on Mrs. Brewer when she garnered votes by signing SB-1070 into law. He didn't charge the MCSO shurf with the many criminal violations he SHOULD have. He buried his head in the sand and hoped voters would elect him as governor based on his name and years as a politician.

Felicia Rotellini earned my vote in 2010 and she likely will have it again in 2014, regardless of who runs against her in a primary and/or general election.

I believe Mr. Horne is dead in the political waters of this murky sea known as Arizona. I think the person spending the most time positioning himself to run under the "R" tag is one known as Mr. Montgomery, our 'esteemed' county attorney here in Maricopa land.

My only concern with Ms. Rotellini is what might come out about whatever her personal life is, and how that might be played against her.

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

I object!  Honey Boo Boo is FAR more intelligent than our esteemed guv, Ms. Brewer.

allaboutthetruth
allaboutthetruth

Goddards not afraid of you, your just some crazy lady starting trouble. Asshole,Fuck,dumb assholes,slime fuckers, clean up you act lady and stop swearing

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

@beatystud who are the Mormon car thieves? I'm Mr. Curious, unlike bobloblaw who is bi-curious.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Tommy_Collins Tommy, MontyPug would be following right in Candy Andy's footsteps if he does run for AG.

I would much rather have Ms. Rotellini in the AG's Office than Tom "Banned for Life by the SEC" Horne. If I recall correctly I voted for Rotellini. 

beatystud
beatystud

@Tommy_Collins A Total line of Cow Pucky and full of lies Tammy..Grow Up !  I Guess the two republican sen..and three Republican Reps GODDARD ARRESTED makes you angry and so very wrong. GODDARD WAS TEN TIMES BETTER THAN REPUBLICAN JOKE HORN "HORN AWAITING TRIAL ON HIT AND RUN CHARGES"

Saracat
Saracat

@Tommy_Collins Terry was voted best AG in the nation by all 49 of his fellow AG's.Nothing could be done about Arapio as the AZ political climate was protective of him.Brewer only won because of 1070.Felicia is outstanding and there is nothing in her personal life that can be played against her!

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins lol you mean monty pug, aka joes lap dog, aka an embarrassment to West Point? yeah..that should be great...pft 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@Saracat You write as if you might be personal friends with Mr. Goddard, or perhaps have worked with him. I don't know him that well so my opinion is based on marginal knowledge from afar. I didn't see Mr. Goddard even try to do anything about the local sheriff when it appeared to me the guy was ripe for the picking. Yes, Brewer won based on SB-1070 but I don't recall Mr. Goddard (who I voted for) doing anything to actually argue against the new law. I will agree that Felicia is the right person for the job next time around. I don't know that there is anything in her personal life that might be deemed 'negative' but if there is you can bet it will come out.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@david_saint01 I will award MontyPug credit for his military service. 

As county attorney he'd much rather look the other way when wrongdoing (think Pearce recall, Fiesta Bowl scandal, etc.) cropped up. 

Don't forget he owes his job to the MCSO shurf hence the reason MontyPug looks the other way when conversation regarding the Old Fool pops up. 

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