Republican candidate James Molina is rumored to be considering dropping his bid for a state senate seat in District 19. The implications of such a move in a key district could be wide ranging, allowing State Rep. Rich Crandall to run unopposed for the seat vacated by Sen. Chuck Gray.
Senate Majority Leader Gray has endorsed Molina.
Seeing Red AZ exposed Crandall’s pathetic voting record during the past legislative session.
The Arizona House of Representatives held 382 floor votes during the 2009 regular session. Rep. Rich Crandall didn’t participate in 254 of them — nearly two-thirds of the votes he was elected to cast on behalf of his constituents. Such a lackluster performance is indefensible.
Molina, a family man, business owner and fifth-generation Arizonan, would be an important vote for leadership as Russell Pearce eyes the Senate President post.
We urge Mr. Molina to stay put. Arizona deserves better than Rich Crandall.