Word has leaked out to this intrepid blogger that the search for a new executive director for the Arizona Democratic party has been winnowed (sort of, I’ll get to that later) to two candidates: former Raúl Grijalva staffer Luís Heredia and current acting executive director Devin Rankin.
One of the reasons for this drawn out process is that it was supposed to keep the decision of who the executive director is from being part of the coming food fight between Terry Goddard and Jim Pederson. Already I had one person contact me concerned that Heredia was too close to Goddard, and Rankin too close to Pederson. I think that any worries about loyalties to the two possible gubernatorial candidates are a bit exagerated: Heredia is seen more as a Grijalva person than a Goddard person after his years working in his Yuma office, and Rankin worked a very abbreviated stint with Pederson’s senate campaign before leaving for a job with the state party. People close to the process have pointed out that both Rankin and Heredia got support on the committee from people loyal to both sides.
One person more familiar about the process told me that it is possible that another candidate could arise. The winnowing process only involved candidates who were interviewed, which would exclude candidates that applied from other states. My source said that he thought this was unlikely, given that both Organizing for America and the White House are still hiring and many Democratic politicos in other states are waiting for those jobs.