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Agreed! I'm not sure what Rep. Pearce was thinking. Was it something that came up at a press conference about something else? Or did he talk just about that?

Greg,

Please check, but I don't think there is a requirement that an appointee to the US Senate has to be from the same party as the outgoing Senator. Napolitano would likely appoint herself, or she would appoint Pedersen.

I attended the pro-Kyl rally at that Pearce press conference yesterday. One girl from my group yelled out 'what about Reagan's 11th Commandment' and Pearce slowly turned to face her, squinted his eyes and loudly said (on camera) that that only applies to Republicans - at which point I said are you telling me Sen. Kyl isn't a Republican and he turned and walked back to his office.

Dave - yes it must be from the same party and Greg I think that Kris Mayes would get the appointment - tit for tat (pun absolutely not intended, lol).

Kris Mayes? McCain would quit the race if he thought that would happen. Oh, the insanity. Realistically, what about Betsey Bayless? In an alternate universe, she'd appoint Renzi, and then run against him.

A.R.S. 16-222 states: "C. For a vacancy in the office of United States senator, the governor shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy. That appointee shall be of the same political party as the person vacating the office and shall serve until the person elected at the next general election is qualified and assumes office."

McCain, of course, will not resign. Nor will Kyl. Immigration is an important issue, but does no one notice that immigration hard-liners Randy Graf and J.D. Hayworth do not have a seat in Congress? Why is that? The only poll that matters is on the first Tuesday in November of even-numbered years and voters have not reached a consensus on immigration reform. Sorry, but you have to look at facts, and the 2006 election points to some of those facts.

it'll either be Kris Mayes or Grant Woods.

DGN, agreed that neither will resign...but in terms of consensus, the ballot measures from the last election are about as close to consensus as it gets in politics.

Voters may have reached consensus on immigration issues as it relates to ballot measures, but this is NOT transferring to candidate votes. It would be wise for the AZ GOP to take notice of this phenomenon. We can still promote securing our borders...but as the circus found out a long time ago, no shows up to the tent to see a one trick pony.

Problem is, that's all border security has become -- a promotion. Promoted to elect people who, it appears, have no true intent to do so.

That goes for the Harry Mitchell's of the world too.

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