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Starky Out

Stuart Starky & John McCainI’m hearing that Stuart Starky is out of the race for US Senate next year. Starky was the Democratic Party’s candidate in 2004, and lost by over 50 points to John McCain.

Maybe this clears the way for another candidate I’ve been hearing about…


  1. Julian Diller wrote:

    Is the other candidate this Obama guy you were talking about a while ago?

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  2. AZW88 wrote:

    Close. #44, more like #2.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  3. AZW88 wrote:

    I meant NOT #44, more like #2 is closer to the truth…

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  4. Aces wrote:

    Stuart is a energetic and enthusiastic candidate without a strong fundraising base. He couldn’t win. Let’s hope we find another candidate.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink
  5. Downing 4 Senate wrote:

    Has anybody stopped to think that this presents an oportunity for a Genuine Progressive to enter the race?

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  6. kralmajales wrote:

    Who is this other candidate? What good are rumors if you can’t spread em? grinning…

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  7. azw88 wrote:

    Rumors were that Gen John Adams was going to run against McCain. Back in the Spring, John put those rumors to rest (for a while) saying he wasn’t running. Other rumors had it that Gabby asked him not to run so she could run. (I don’t believe this one at all)

    Maybe we can get Dave Bradley to run.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Bradley is running for Sec State
    Glassman is running for Senate
    Giffords should run for Senate in 2012
    Adams should run for CD8 in 2012

    The Glassman thing is the rumor of the week. Who knows if it’ll happen. McCain might not want to run if a big name like Hayworth gets in the race. And we’ll need a well-financed D to step up. Stu is a great guy, but would have a hard time mounting a serious challenge. Rodney is moderate, well connected, and well-financed.

    The 2012 Senate race will be fun to watch, too. Gabby has more crossover appeal than Mitchell, Kirkpatrick, or Pederson. And she is a fund raising juggernaut. Running a statewide out of Tucson might be difficult, but as a friend of mine is fond of saying, “They are going to LOVE her in Scottsdale.” CD8 would be the mother of all battlegrounds with the GOP lining up a who’s who of Southern Arizona wannabes like Bruce Ash, Jonathan Paton, and Ray Carroll. But I’d bet that if the Ds can avoid a bloody primary and get behind a General, CD8 may stay blue.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  9. kralmajales wrote:

    Wow…so…lots here to think about if anon is correct.

    Bradley for Sec. of State, I would love to see…BUT…there is the “how does he appeal to folks in Maricopa if he is relatively unknown”. So, we write that one off as unwinnable.

    If Rodney runs against McCain, then I would be stunned. He would work hard, run hard, and get noticed, but any betting person would have to bet on McCain.

    Two down. Giffords should run for Gov, if Goddard (god forbid) loses or Senate. She has a lot of time after she destorys the candidate in 2010…to work on a statewide profile.

    But here is the deal. I could honestly care less. If there is no focus on getting seats in this legislature….then I could give a crap about the Democrat Party. I suspect they are looking at it, but it had better be a MAJOR effort…and not just an afterthought of statewide races that they cannont win (save for Goddard).

    Without pickups in the legislature, well…there is no hope for a prosperous state. Seriously.

    Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  10. Vote Democratic wrote:

    Can someone please give Stu Starky a medal for having been our candidate in like 98374 different races over the years? Or can we appoint him to some sort of Arizona Democratic Party House of Lords or something?

    Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
  11. ted downing wrote:

    I loved his sense of humor. The 2010 campaign might be too dry now… the other Ted

    Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  12. Eli_Blake wrote:

    Well, you have to appreciate Stu.

    In 2004 he knew he was going to get blown out but he kept on plugging and did in fact win (narrowly) the vote of registered Democrats. That was a jewel that McCain would have loved to be able to crow about last year but he couldn’t*. Having had to move to the right to placate the nutty base of his own party McCain had lost touch with his own national coalition from 2000– and there was nothing recent he could use to woo them back.

    Had Stu not denied him that point, McCain would at least have had something to throw back. So I’m not saying that it is because of Stu that Obama got elected but he certainly can claim that he helped in a small but significant way.

    *– I was living in New Mexico the year that Pete Domenici won a majority of the votes of registered Democrats vs. Tom Benavidez. Domenici and his supporters never let anyone forget that he’d done it once, either.

    Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink
  13. steve wrote:

    Let’s see if we can get Ed Ranger to run again

    Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink