I was on Sunday Square Off this weekend and AEA President John Wright said that the legislature would have a "very different make up" next session. The statement is so strange that I don't really even know what he meant. My response was that there are 35 Republicans in the House and 18 Republicans in the Senate and that next year there will be 37 Republicans in the House and 19 in the Senate. After all, it's probably going to be a Republican year and the Democrats are now forced to defend some great wins that they picked up in 2006 and 2008.
Then I realized I was wrong about the Senate. Sure, it's a Republican year yada yada yada. But the best opportunity for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat is Yuma's District 24--and we DON'T EVEN HAVE A FRICKIN' CANDIDATE!
Amanda Aquire is running UNOPPOSED. That's a swing distrcit...and it's on the border...you know, the front line in the immigration issues and she voted against SB 1070.
Do you want to see a great example of leadership? Do you want to see a great example of actually getting stuff done? Turn back the time machine to late June 2008 when Democratic State Representative Mark DeSimone got in a bit of a bind and decided late that he wasn't going to seek re-election. He was in a solid Republican district and he left the Democrats without a candidate--well after the signature deadline had expired. So the Democratic leadership, pouted and whined about how unlucky they were...oops, that's wrong. The Democrats found an SUSD School Board member named Erik Meyer and ran him has WRITE IN candidate. He got enough write in votes in the primary to qualify for ballot status in the general and then defeated one of the Republicans. It was brilliant. It took leadership and drive.
So now Republicans have a great opportunity in Yuma; there are 4 days left to get signatures and still no candidate. Look. With enough Party effort, a candidate can get all his signatures in a single day.
So next year when your legislation flys through the House and bogs down in the Senate and you are one vote shy of trying to get something done. Ask yourself the question...Who lost Yuma?