U.S. Senator Jon Kyl has curiously not yet declared his intentions for a re-election race in 2012. After a distinguished career in public service it’s understandable, if not regrettable, that he may want to entertain other pursuits. But it begs the question: what might that crazy Republican primary look like? A quick glimpse.
*Congressman Jeff Flake: The look. The LDS base. The adoring national press. A top tier candidate.
*Former Congressman John Shadegg: Can he raise the dough being out of office?
*Former Attorney General Grant Woods: The likely recipient of John McCain’s support. Could he win a fractured GOP primary? The same strategy did not work for another liberal Republican, Paulina Morris.
*Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu: A darkhorse. He knows how to raise a profile. Does he know how to raise money? Speculation is he wants a bigger prize than Arizona’s new congressional seat.
*Congressman Trent Franks: A conservative’s conservative. Would he risk a very safe seat for a very big reward?
*Congressman-Elect Ben Quayle: He wouldn’t, would he? He did, successfully, didn’t he?
Let the games begin.