Rich Crandall Appointed Wyoming Education Director: Will Russell Pearce Try Replacing Him?

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Rich Crandall, who'll be leaving the Arizona Senate for a better gig in Wyoming.

State Senator Rich Crandall of Legislative District 16, a non-wacko conservative and one of the Republicans who backed Medicaid expansion this year, has been appointed by Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming to lead that state's Department of Education.

Mead's office made the announcement in a press release late Wednesday, praising Crandall's "background in education policy and innovation" and his "insight into classroom instruction and uses of technology."

Wyoming's gain is Arizona's loss, as Crandall has been part of a group of Sand Land GOPers who've helped moderate Arizona's political discourse, moving it away from the brink of ideological insanity.

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Breaking ranks with the walking PayDay bars in his party has been par for the course for Crandall, who I once saw lecture now-Senate President Andy Biggs on the economic chaos that would ensue should Biggs's dystopian proposal to do away with AHCCCS become law.

That was a couple of years ago. Talking common sense to craziness has been a hallmark of Crandall's political career. That and huevos.

I texted my congrats to Crandall and wondered when he would be resigning from the senate to begin his new gig.

"Thanks, Steve," he wrote back. "It doesn't start for awhile, so I won't be resigning anytime soon."

That's a little vague, and should make some wannabes out there sweat. Previously, Crandall had signaled that he would be leaving if he got the job. But there was always the possibility he might stay if the deal fell through.

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serpico1000
serpico1000

well, my only comment now is I wish most politicians in the Arizona scene were (offered) a job outside Arizona and for them to accept them, so we would get rid of them. for most Republicans who are tea party members and want to Radicalize the Arizona politics, instead of going the bi-partisan way should be voted out of office Amen!!! 

serpico1000
serpico1000

I guess Rich Crandall is, like any other politician who does not march to the pace of his own Party, he is being  denigrated and shamed and ultimatly forced out of Arizona politics, is that 21st century politics? we are slowly sliding into anarchism from within. 

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Wait, despite the Arpaio fiasco, the liberals have been waving the RP recall as proof positive of their tactics. Now, with this, and with the way their politicking opened the door to border militarization, you gotta wonder what the hell they were thinking the last four years or so...

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Never underestimate the power of racism in Arizona.


Proof- Joe Arpaio.

deniseaz2003
deniseaz2003

i do not really know of Wyoming Gov Mead , as he was not in office when i lived there , nor do i know much of Crandall . however,  i am wondering what Crandall will do ot the Wyoming state education factors , did mead do justice to the state , or flopped , yet to see , yet to see , but this opening the door for Rusty , that has to worry the entire state . he is not good even to take out the trash . Crandall may be a good choice,  not holding my breath ,

Susurro
Susurro

Pearce doesn't know when to stop.  It doesn't help that his cult-like devotees constantly whisper flattery in his ears.  They would love for their lord and master to rise again.  Moderates will not let it happen.  In fact, it would be fun to kick Pearce's racist ass once more.  Bring it on!

Cozz
Cozz

Guess he got tired of being made to look like a fool and embarrassed by his fellow Republitards.

serpico1000
serpico1000

@Tyburn Gallows you need to make some sense on your commentaries, for the border militarization comes from your Republican Bro's  in Washington, and the Republicans in Arizona , the road was paved in gold to continue with their Hateful dominance of the political scene in this State, slowly, but surely the political scene is gradually changing, and I hope to see a complete Bipartisan political world, not only in Arizona, but in the Entire Country.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@Tyburn Gallows  What Arpaio fiasco? We just won a major lawsuit and even Arpaio wont defy a federal judge.  The recall registered 15,000 new voters in the county. That, together with the Melendres Vs. MCSO victory has kept Arpaio in a pretty quite corner and the raids have-at least temporarily stopped. I don't call that failure.   I also don't know many "liberals" thrilled about the current CIR bill that passed the Senate today. But even that bill is way too "liberal" to pass the House. In fact, they wont even hear it. The bill sucks  but the Tea Party House wants even more than the 30 billion border patrol "surge" and no one gets to stay.  I don't know very many people happy about the bill.  

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Susurro I think you'll be bitterly disappointed on the third go round. The Pearce recall was effective because Jerry Lewis stood up and ran against Arpaio.  The next election cycle, Lewis discovered the gratitude the left had to him when he was redistricted and voted out.

Progessives showed their true colors in their "throw away" approach on viable candidates that can beat Pearce.  There won't be an Independant/ Republican outpouring of support for the likes of Chad Snow, Randy Parraz and wife again.

Dems won't ever win North Mesa Districts.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@yourproductsucks But LD16 voted for Crandall last time. Crandall is a moderate. Pearce can lose to a moderate in a primary. Dems can help by registering I  to vote in the R primary.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@MotherJones @yourproductsucks Crandall is a moderate on what?  Immigration policy?  He's a fiscal and social Conservative.

The immigration pendulum has swung the other direction.  Even Pearce must realize it's quickly becoming a dead horse issue.  We might as well go back to ignoring the problem as we have in the past as there will be no viable resolution to the issue.

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