Morning Poll: Is Terry Goddard Really the Best Senate Candidate Arizona Democrats Can Come Up With?

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Is Terry Goddard the best Democrats can come up with?
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eft-leaning Public Policy Polling released results yesterday of a poll showing that -- assuming Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords doesn't run for the Senate seat getting vacated by Senator Jon Kyl -- former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is the overwhelming favorite amongst Arizona Democrats.

Seriously? Terry Goddard is the best candidate Arizona Democrats can come up with -- again? Unfortunately for lefties, it looks that way.

Goddard seems like a nice enough guy, but he just screams eh -- as was made apparent in his failed/lackluster gubernatorial campaign against Governor Jan Brewer last year.

Keep in mind, Congressman Jeff Flake is the only person on either side of the aisle to declare his candidacy for the seat, but Democrats don't even appear to have any prospects -- Goddard aside -- who could give Flake a run for his money (and he's already got quite a bit of money).

In a similar poll -- again, conducted by PPP -- Goddard would tie Flake in the general election. But we have a feeling the numbers would shift in Flake's favor once voters across the state get a better look at the well-spoken, dashing congressman (who once found himself smack-dab in the middle of a Congressional hunk-off with Illinois Congressman Aaron Shock), and are reminded of Goddard's blah-ness.

Not to mention, if Goddard couldn't beat Jan "has did" Brewer after her epic moment of silence during a gubernatorial debate last year, he probably wouldn't fare too well against an opponent with half a brain -- even if SB 1070 isn't the only issue GOP voters care about.

But look at the alternatives: Congressman Harry Mitchell, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, one-time candidate for attorney general Felicia Rotellini, over-educated plagiarist/humiliating Lynard Skynard cover "artist" Rodney Glassman, Congressman Ed Pastor, and U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke.

Pretty slim pickins.

We want to know what you think: is Goddard really the best candidate Arizona Democrats can come up with to run for Senate?

Cast your vote below.



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16 comments
Tom Reade
Tom Reade

James: the guy is retired. Period. Leave him alone. Just because some out of touch D.C liberal polling firm poll tests him doesn't mean he has any intention of running. Just leave him alone. How long has the New Times attacked him? 25 years? Straight. I"m starting to wonder if you guys have a man crush on him.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Goddard didn't do his job as Attorney General, letting Thomas and Arpaio run the justice system in Maricopa County into the ground without so much as a whimper. He does not deserve our support, no matter how nice a guy he is. Rotellini has more cojones, not to mention brains, than the rest of that bunch combined.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Not much of a Democratic fan myself, especially AZ's Dems. But there is one that I do admire the most, not just for her natural beauty but for her scathing backbone, the one and only--Rep. Krysten Sinema. I think she is the best "option", not mentioned on the list. Despite having said foolish things like "I love Russell Pearce"(A big no-no btw). She's still the best. If not Gabriella Giffords should do, besides, she's like a "Liberal" in a GOP suit.

Omar
Omar

Goddard was an ineffectual political hack as AG. He would make an excellent sacrificial sheep as candidate for U.S. senator. He chance of winning against any GOP candidate are between slim and none, much much closer to none than to slim.

Ross
Ross

If Republicans can import Sarah Palin from Alaska, why can't Democrats import someone -- say, Bill Richardson from New Mexico?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You said a ton. Mr. Goddard will never again receive my vote. I hold him as being complicit in the MCSO debacle, not to mention the SB-1070 fiasco. He could just live in D.C. and watch the cherry trees blossom and then go dormant and then blossom with each year gone by, without any known effectiveness as having served the state of Arizona.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If I knew then, what I now know about Arizona, I would not have moved here almost seven years ago. I can only imagine Mr. Richardson would only consider a run if he didn't have to declare residency.

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