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Grijalva For Interior?

Stewart Udall, Jesse Udall, Mo UdallWord is out that Raúl Grijalva is being vetted for Seceretary of Interior. This follows some grumbling about the lack of high profile latinos among Barack Obama’s appointments.

For history geeks out there, Grijalva, should he get appointed, would be the second Southern Arizona congressman to become Seceretary of Interior. The first was Stewart Udall, father of Senator-elect Tom Udall and brother of the much missed Mo Udall.


  1. Just Moved Here Last Week wrote:

    Would that leave Joe Sweeney as our Congressman?

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
  2. d wrote:

    Good choice. He is well liked amongst SA Indian tribes and SecInt has jurisdiction over the BIA. And maybe from that position he could stop the Rosemont mine.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Michelle Davidson wrote:

    I think the Congressman would be a fantastic choice and the Administration would be lucky to have him – he would make some real changes that would benefit our Native American tribes, our environment and our national parks.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  4. Sunshine wrote:

    Michelle is absolutely correct. With the Sanoran Desert in his district, dealing with uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, all of the issues with a possible refierary in this back yard, and working with a large military base (not to mention 5 Indian Tribes in his district), I could not think of a better candidate than this one. My buring question is, “Would Obama pick two people from the same state to serve on the cabinet?” I sure hope so!

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  5. SW-erner wrote:

    In fact, Carter is the only Democratic president in the last 50 years not to appoint an Arizonan as Secretary of Interior. Seems like a record worth maintaining, no?

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
  6. Gilberto wrote:

    yo Tedski, no need to mention the fact about “This follows some grumbling about the lack of high profile latinos among Barack Obama’s appointments.” You know better than I do that the Congressman is more than qualified for this position. Plus, Gov. Richardson is going to head Commerce.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  7. Adam wrote:

    I assume that the transition team will time this correctly to ensure that Gov. Napolitano and NOT Gov. Brewer selects his replacement.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  8. Katie wrote:

    There would have to be a special election to fill his seat.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  9. Katie wrote:

    I am 99.9% sure of that, anyway.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  10. Tedski wrote:

    House members must be elected.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Permalink
  11. azw88 wrote:

    wow, Joe “Asshat” Sweeney is ‘girding his loins’ as he orgasms over the chance to run for the seat once again, less than 12 months after getting his ‘hat’ handed to him. This is, without a doubt, a perennial candidate’s DREAM!!

    It will be interesting to see how many people jump into that race. It will be a fun one to watch, as I recall it will be an open election, no primary. Sweeney’s chances of winning an election will increase (oh there is little chance he will win, but it is no longer a snowball’s chance in hell).

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  12. Tedski wrote:


    As Jim Nintzel would tell you, Roy Warden is “Asshat,” not Joe Sweeney. Now, Sweeney is definitely an asshat, but not “Asshat.” Got it?

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  13. azw88 wrote:

    My bad. It is hard to keep the asshats straight. We need a moniker for Sweeney. What, pray tell, should we call him?

    as far as Raul’s replacement, Elias would be an obvious choice to replace Raul, but my initial thought is with Raul backing his daughter. Her following his lead from school board to Congress would be too much for him to pass up.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  14. michael wrote:

    Relevant section of statute should Congressman Grijalva be appointed Interior Secretary and has to resign his seat in Congress:

    (From ARS 16-222)
    B. For a vacancy in the office of representative in Congress, if the next general election is not to be held within six months from the date of the occurrence of the vacancy, the governor shall call a special primary election and a special general election to fill the vacancy. The governor shall call the special primary election and establish its date within seventy-two hours after the office is officially declared vacant. Notwithstanding sections 16-313, 16-351 and 16-542, for a candidate for office at an election held pursuant to this subsection, the following apply:
    1. The special primary election shall be held no less than eighty nor more than ninety days after the occurrence of the vacancy, and the special general election shall be held not less than fifty nor more than sixty days after the special primary election.
    2. Nomination papers and nomination petitions shall be filed no later than thirty days after the date of the proclamation calling the election.
    3. Any court action challenging the nomination of a candidate shall be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth business day after the last day for filing nomination papers and petitions.
    4. The superior court shall hear and render a decision within five days after the filing of the action.
    5. Beginning fifteen days before the date of the election, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall mail early ballots within forty-eight hours after receipt of a complete and correct early ballot request from persons qualified to vote.

    It probably wouldn’t matter much who sits on the Ninth Floor, given that the statute is pretty specific about the prospective special election. I bet it would be a crowded primary on the D side, with the edge going to whomever the Congressman throws his considerable support behind.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
  15. azw88 wrote:

    Thanks Michael, I thought it was a one-shot election. A primary-General election pretty much guarantees that the seat remains in Dem hands.

    I just wonder about the loss of Grijalva’s seniority, making 4 of the 5 Dem House seats in their first or second term.

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  16. michael wrote:

    My pleasure, azw88.

    I haven’t been able to find word of this rumor on any of the major media sites yet. Anybody have any links to anything about this anywhere else on the interwebs?

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink
  17. azw88 wrote:

    There is an article on Washington Post website:

    The more I think about it, I just don’t see him taking the post.

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
  18. Michelle Davidson wrote:

    The Republic did a cover story on it today and a great bio on the Congressman and his experience and work on issues that directly affect Interior.

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  19. michael wrote:

    There was also an article in the Tucson Citizen.

    I tend to disagree, azw88. I think after careful consideration, he’d accept. But what do I know?

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Permalink
  20. kralmajales wrote:

    This one isn’t so bad. I don’t see him doing much statewide here or past his district…which he serves so so well. So Interior would give him the chance to form the Tumacacori National Park and alot of others.

    I would like Elias…I like his daughter a LOT, but not for Congress yet. Not quite experienced enough coming from a School board, I could see County Sup.

    Any City of Tucson councilmembers gunning for it?

    Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Permalink