Frank Riggs, a former California congressman, is throwing his hat in the Arizona gubernatorial ring. He previously contemplated a run in 2005 against Janet Napolitano, then realized he didn’t meet the mandatory five-year residency requirement, having moved here in 2001.
In the intervening years, Riggs, 63, hasn’t been idle. Among his activities, he served as 2012 chairman of GOP primary presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Arizona campaign and has been a leader in the successful Charter School movement.
During his time in California, Republican Riggs defeated a four-term Democrat congressman, making his mark as part of a 7-man crew of then-freshmen Republicans — including Santorum and John Boehner. They outed members of the U.S. House who overdrew their accounts at the House Bank, for months, sometimes years, on end, without penalty. It erupted into a corruption scandal known as Rubbergate.
The conservative activism of the group helped launch the Republican retaking of the House in 1992. That same year, Riggs lost to a Democrat, though he regained the seat in a 1994 rematch. Seventy-seven Representatives resigned or were ousted in the 1994 election.
Frank Riggs, who joins a crowded field of 6 other GOP governor wannabes, intends to run a traditionally funded campaign, opting not to use public money.