Carolyn Classen has a good catch over at her blog where she reports the possible mayoral candidacy of Ron Asta. Asta would be running as a Republican.
As Classen tells us, Asta was on the Board of Supervisors some time during the neolithic era. He spends his time these days as a consultant and radio talk show host.
Back during his first stint in electoral politics he was a Democrat, serving on the Board of Supervisors from 1973 to 1977 on a board that included other “blast from the past” names like Joe Castillo, Sam Lena and E. S. “Bud” Walker. He also made what now could be called his first run for mayor back in 1983, when he was defeated by Lew Murphy.
He was well liked by neighborhood activist types back then, but when out of public life he became a consultant for some of the same developers and business interests those same activists were fighting when he was in office.
I don’t know if Asta’s decision hinges on whether or not Bob Walkup runs. My money is on that he doesn’t run in either case. Being out of public office for as long as he has means that he doesn’t get any of the benefit of goodwill from recent public service, but he does get the bad of all of the old stories circulating again (look for the “steak in the pants” story to get a new airing).
Plus, is Tucson really ready for a mayor named after Nick and Nora’s dog?