AZ SOS Candidates: Antsy to be governor?

 For those with high aspirations, the quickest route to the Ninth Floor governor’s office can be this off-the-radar-screen short cut

State Rep. Justin Pierce, 38, joins the increasing number of Republicans who have, or are about to, throw their hats into the Secretary of State’s ring.  Pierce was appointed in 2011 to the District 25 legislative seat to replace Kirk Adams, who stepped down only to see his congressional campaign fizzle.

The employment lawyer is the son of Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce, who also previously served in the AZ House of Representatives.

Already in the Republican primary race for Secretary of State is businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon. LD 23 State Sen. Michele Reagan, has opened an exploratory committee and though not an official candidate has already taken to boorishly slamming others who have made the commitment to run — providing insight into the type of campaign in which she’s prone to engage.

Arizona has no Lieutenant Governor post. The state’s line of succession to the Governor’s office is via the Secretary of State’s office, which has proven a sure pathway to Arizona’s Governorship for a number of politicos.

A bit of Arizona history: A third of the way through his full term, Gov. Raul Castro abruptly left to become ambassador to Argentina, a post offered to him by President Jimmy Carter. Secretary of State Wesley Bolin took the reins in 1977, but served only five months before succumbing to a fatal heart attack. His untimely death paved the way for Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, the next in line of succession, since then-Secretary of State Rose Mofford was appointed and not holding the office by election, as required by the Arizona Constitution. Mofford later ran and was elected, putting her in position to succeed Gov. Evan Mecham. He was sworn in as governor in January 1987 and was impeached in April 1988. Gov. Rose Mofford chose not to run for a full term. Fife Symington was elected governor in 1991 and stepped down amid allegations of wrongdoing in September 1997. That paved the way to the governor’s office for then-Secretary of State Jane Dee Hull, who later ran for a single full term.

Current Gov. Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when Janet Napolitano left the top office to join the Obama regime.

Git yer popcorn, folks! The show is about to begin.

13 Responses to AZ SOS Candidates: Antsy to be governor?

  1. LD 23 PC says:

    Michele Reagan is the state senator in my district. She has a degree in communications, but obviously doesn’t communicate very effectively. The message on her exploratory campaign site is indicative of her rough edges. But even more important is the fact that she’s a RINO. I trust her about as far as I can throw my house.. SRAZ called her out when she joined with the Dems to defeat five bills dealing with the continued invasion of our country by illegal aliens. I saved this post to remind me of which Republicans conned us.
    These votes were taken before reapportionment, so she is listed here as representing LD 8 instead of 23 which we are now.

    • ZOO says:

      Let us not forget: John & Cindy McCain, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce hand-delivered stand-down manifesto, Nancy Barto, Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, Linda Gray, John McComish, John Nelson, Steve Pierce, and Steve Yarbrough

    • Realist says:

      LD 23: How right you are!
      She uses her maiden name Reagan for obvious reasons. As you know very well, her last name is all she has in common with Ronald Reagan.
      She’s one of those politicians who has always been in the right place at the right time. Never challenged or had to defend her record.
      Hopefully, this will be the end of RINO Michele’s lackluster career.

  2. ZOO says:

    Andrew Thomas – Governor, Wil Cardon – Secretary of State.

    We can either take back control of the state from McCain, or just come back here and whine about it.

  3. East Valley PC says:

    Wil Cardon is a fine man, bright and extremely capable. He has my vote. He was brutalized by the disgusting McCain/Kyl/Flake triumvirate and the Club for Growth which owns Jeff Flake. I’m glad to see Cardon back in the fray.

    The Senate Conservatives Fund was not fooled by The Flake. They ran a series of anti-Flake ads comparing Flake to McCain, AFTER they previously endorsed him—-admitting they were taken in by the incessantly grinning pro-amnesty McRINO.

  4. eubykdisop says:


    Well, let’s see how congressional “republicans” are “representing” Republican voters!

    “Senate approves budget deal, bill heads to House”

    “The Senate on Wednesday approved a short-term bill to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, sending the deal to the House for a final vote.”

    “The bill cleared the Senate on a 81-18 vote. The vote came as House Republican leaders indicated they were ready to back down on their demands that the legislation rein in ObamaCare. Debate has begun in the House, with a vote set for late Wednesday night.”

    “House Speaker John Boehner said earlier that the House “absolutely” will take up the Senate bill, even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it, and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.

    “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM.”

    So let’s sum things up:

    1 – Senate “republicans” crumped and completely capitulated, passing Democrat legislation… AGAIN!
    2 – Boehner is going to bring up the Democrat Senate legislation in the House and is going to ignore the “Hastert rule”, using Democrats to pass it.

    Boehner claims that he fought the good fight. That’s a bunch of crap! Why? Because not a single piece of legislation can become law if House Republicans refuse to pass it! There is no “fight”! All Boehner had to do was… NOTHING! No fight, just complete passivity, LOL! And on the Senate side, what was Mitch McConnell up to?

    “Shutdown deal includes $3 billion for Kentucky dam”

    “A deal to reopen the government and avert a debt default also includes language authorizing more than $2.8 billion in funding for a locks and dam project championed in the past by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

    “The provision would steer $2.918 billion in funding to the Army Corps of Engineers for the Olmsted dam and lock project on the Ohio River, and would benefit Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois.”

    Could someone please explain to me the difference between congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats? The only difference I can see is that they go by different names!

    I have a message for the Republican Party: “WE’RE DONE! BYE!” If a Conservative candidate wants to run for election or re-election, he or she had BETTER run as an independent because if they run as a Republican, I will NOT vote for them. PERIOD!

    • MacBeth says:

      When republicans work to pass democrat agenda issues, we have no party. I will not donate or work for any of the phonies again. The only hope I see flickering in the distance is a third party, but in the past they have never fared well enough to be consequential. Why do you think Jeff Flake who is a libertarian registered as a republican? He knew that was his only path to power. We make tremendous mistakes in trying to turn people to the GOP. McCain is a great case in point. Had he not been cajoled into becoming a republican, he would have lost decades ago and that would have been the end of it.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Yeah, why would a genuine Conservative run on the Republican ticket knowing that the Republican establishment will be just as much at odds with him or her as are Liberal Democrats?

        The charade is OVER and I think that with polls showing a record 60% in favor of voting ALL of the current Democrats and Republicans out of Congress, that the time is right for independent candidates!

    • eubykdisop says:


      “The House then moved to clear the legislation 285-144, relying mostly on Democratic votes in the Republican controlled chamber. Just 87 Republicans supported the bill while 198 Democrats voted for it. The bill was opposed by 144 Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.”

      Let’s be crystal clear about what just happened here. Boehner forced Harry Reid, B. Hussein Obama fiscal legislation down the throats of the majority of House Republicans, who opposed that legislation, by getting House Democrats to pass it! Now THAT’s “republican” leadership!

      Every Republican Arizona U. S. Congressman voted AGAINST the bill.

      Next on Obama’s agenda is “comprehensive immigration reform”! Think he can count on Boehner to deliver for him? (That is, of course, a rhetorical question. We KNOW that Boehner will deliver “comprehensive immigration reform” for Obama!)

    • eubykdisop says:

      UPDATE 2:

      Neither any member of the Arizona Republican U. S. House delegation nor any of the “conservative” media are calling for John Boehner to be removed as Speaker of the House. Boehner needs to go and it’s a simple matter.

      “…it would require the filing of a “resolution declaring the Office of Speaker vacant.” Because this resolution would concern a constitutional privilege, it would be considered a “privileged motion,” meaning that it would go straight to the floor for a vote, bypassing any potential parliamentary holdups. At that point, a straight House majority — not a majority of the majority, but a simple majority — would be enough to declare the speakership vacant, necessitating a new vote for a new speaker. A simple majority would decide that vote, too.”

      Call the Arizona Republican members of the U. S. House and demand that Boehner be removed as Speaker!

      Schweikert – (202) 225-2190
      Gosar – (202) 225-2315
      Salmon – (202) 225-2635
      Franks – (202) 225-4576

      Unless we demand action, nothing will be done and John “Nancy Pelosi” Boehner will remain Speaker of the House and he will sock it to us on “comprehensive immigration reform” just like he did on the budget!

      Oh yeah, and all of the Democrats, like Grijalva and Sinema, voted FOR the measure that Boehner jammed down the throats of Republicans! Boehner equals Grijalva and Sinema!

  5. AnObservation says:

    Justin Pierce is already aligning himself with RINOs and establishment Republicans like Jim Click, Andy Tobin, and Rick Gray. Not to mention his dad is clearly bullying lobbyists who are representing corporations regulated by the ACC to support him:

    Looks like we have one conservative choice in this race and it is Wil Cardon.

  6. LEO IN TSN says:

    This is the AZ GOP cabal strategy. They throw a few shills up to siphon votes from the Republican candidate, start a phony trash media campaign for the low-information voters and get their RINO on the ticket. They did it with JD in ’10, Cardon in ’12, and they’re going after him again now. They are still scared to pierces of Wil Cardon. Look for their media campaign of lies to start any day now.

    $upport Wil Cardon for 2014.

    God bless America.