PR: Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker Launches Gubernatorial Campaign Website

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With the announcement of the first 1st-tier candidate into the gubernatorial race, comes the first campaign website. Here is the press release just issued by the Parker Exploratory Committee:

Paradise Valley, AZ. September 24, 2009. So what’s all the excitement about? Check it out at www.Parker2010.com.

Yesterday, Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker shook up the 2010 Governor’s race by forming an exploratory committee for the office. Robust fundraising is already underway.

Evolving daily www.Parker2010.com will be a state-of-the-art web site. Visitors will be able to view Mayor Parker’s Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, a biography of the Mayor, his compelling life story, issues that are important to Arizonans, the latest videos and the speech he gave September 23rd to hundreds of supporters & Republicans to launch his campaign.

Supporters are encouraged to sign up on the site in order to receive campaign updates.

In case you didn’t catch that URL. it’s www.Parker2010.com.


Comments

  1. Goodyear GOP says

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d add Robert Graham to the “first-tier” on the basis of his financial ability alone. Seems pretty conservative which is good, but anyone who can bank seven figures in this race is going to have to be reckoned with. I’m betting he’ll get to that number.

  2. I see all of these guys as diluters. Diluting the field helps Brewer by fragmenting the conservative base into several camps. This obviously helps and incumbent (pseudo-incumbent).

    Handing Brewer the primary is death in the general election for the GOP.

    One guy needs to be “the guy” for us, whether it be Graham, Martin, Bennet, whoever, but it needs to be just one vs. Brewer or Brewer wins.

    Unless, by some freak of nature she decides to drop out and not seek election in 2010. We can only hope.

  3. I see all of these guys as diluters. Diluting the field helps Brewer by fragmenting the conservative base into several camps. This obviously helps an incumbent (pseudo-incumbent).

    Handing Brewer the primary is death in the general election for the GOP.

    One guy needs to be “the guy” for us, whether it be Graham, Martin, Bennet, whoever, but it needs to be just one vs. Brewer or Brewer wins.

    Unless, by some freak of nature she decides to drop out and not seek election in 2010. We can only hope.

  4. Can Vernon Parker seriously be considered a 1st tier candidate? For PV Mayor, yes. For County Board of Supervisors, probably. For Governor, you must be kidding!

  5. I’m sorry Hunter, but what was Ronald Reagan’s political experience before becoming California Governor? Please don’t say President of SAG. I would be curious to know who you consider “1st tier.”

  6. I would just like to point out how now all republicans are just hoping Brewer will go away and not run but she is running. I would like DSW and VV to acknowledge it appears that I was right and they were wrong. There is no way in hell she doesn’t run in my opinion and everyday it seems more and more like she is running…

    Parker needs to get going on his campaign by the way. As others have said you cannot have 3 or 4 people at 13% to split up over half the vote so that Brewer wins the primary. Then Goddard would be governor in a cake walk.

  7. I’m curious – what’s the racist undertone about what Red State said?

  8. John Galt, does Vernon Parker have statewide name recognition? I don’t think so. Ronald Reagan had national name recognition when he ran for Governor of California. It was because he was a famous actor and had hosted GE programs on public policy; most people didn’t know him from his work as President of the Screen Actors Guild.

    I think the most obvious first tier candidate is State Treasurer Dean Martin. He has statewide name recognition and has been elected to a statewide office. He also has no political baggage weighing him down.

    Fife Symington and Ken Bennett have the name recognition and would be first tier if they didn’t have political baggage. Symington’s past legal problems and Clinton pardon and Bennett’s issues with possibly trying to influence the prosecution of his son make their candidacies more challenging than the Repbulican Party needs.

    Kris Mayes and Jeff Hatch-Miller have some name recognition from being on the Corporation Commission, but that is not high profile enough compared to some of the other state offices. They also have not expressed an interest. They probably would not be able to adequately unify the party for victory in 2010 – especially Kris Mayes who many Conservative Republicans perceive as being a Liberal Republican.

    There are other candidates like Munger who are not well known outside of political circles who are not really first tier, but they might be able to try building name recognition like Munger has been doing with his non-profit organization.

    Of course, our congressmen are potential first tier candidates. None of them has expressed an interest publicly as far as I know. Of the three we have, Trent Franks is the only one who would be able to unify the party and ensure a victory in the general election for Republicans statewide.

  9. Here is my assessment of the 3 Tiers of candidates:

    1st Tier:
    Dean Martin
    Jan Brewer
    Vernon Parker
    Fife Symington

    2nd Tier:
    John Munger
    Robert Graham
    Karen Johnson

    3rd Tier:
    Tim Willis
    Robert Winn
    Roy Miller
    John Mitchell
    Janelle Wood
    Hugh Kealer
    Etc.

  10. DSW-

    Karen Johnson is 2nd Tier? Seriously? Did you have your foil hat on while you were writing this post?

    You’re obviously so far in the Parker camp it’s not even funny. Please just come out and say it.

  11. 1st Tier:
    Dean Martin
    Jan Brewer
    John Munger

    2nd Tier:
    Robert Graham
    Vernon Parker
    Mary Peters

    3rd Tier:
    Tim Willis
    Robert Winn
    Roy Miller
    Janelle Wood
    Hugh Kealer

    4th Tier:
    Fife Symington
    Karen Johnson
    John Mitchell

  12. Believe Parker has what it takes and what AZ needs. Our history of governors lacks the quality & standards that Parker already has.
    Parker “gets it” !!!!!!!!!

  13. It is way too early to be ranking candidates in Tiers. If you asked the avg voter who their state treasurer is, you would get a very low response.

    There is no John Shadegg in the race who is seen as an obvious front-runner. So, for now, it is a lot of speculation. Each of the potential candidates have strong points to make. Time will tell who is legit.

  14. Hunter, thanks for the detailed response. On name recognition alone at this point in time, you’re probably right, Parker would not be tier 1. But, as other people have said, the average person does not know who Dean Martin is (unfortunately), and as you pointed out, everyone knows who Symington is, but partially because his name has been dragged through the mud (unfairly at times) by the media. So although that may put Symington as a first tier candidate under your definition, I don’t think he has a chance of winning the primary or general. In fact there are lots of people in Arizona with statewide name recognition that don’t have a chance of winning a GOP primary. Martin certainly has the name recognition for a GOP primary and is clearly tier 1, but I think he loses that in a general. Statewide name recognition should be easy to overcome in the next year if someone has the resources – and that should play into any definition of tier one (among other factors). Munger probably does, but does Parker have the resources? I think he does. He has first mover advantage, he is going to get a lot of media coverage (fairly or unfairly), and he’s generating a lot of buzz (we’re discussing him, aren’t we?). A lot can happen between now and the primary, but I’ll bet Parker will finish in the top two. A tier cannot be based on state name recognition alone.

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  16. ya think Mayes is liberal? is that because of her lifestyle or voting? i can tell ya she is dishonest –liberal or conservative

  17. Jesus lives says

    On a spring had her hands up like this. what do you want me to do with that. what she could never except is super leaping ability–it was forged at pizza hurt in prayer. the singing must have had urgent business to do at the street fair. are you happy or would you like to speak to me and why an email from marian to make a mokery of the tea party. the interviews can be silly. jesus on a spring that was great, you are atractive lets just not look back. let me see you on a spring. there is more to accomplish don’t give up jason jones.
    L climber is the woman to investigate stolen am ex so i no.

  18. please please please run. wanna see ya runnin for the hills. cant hide but go ahead and try please please please

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