Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, a Republican, is considering a possible run for the U. S. Senate seat previously occupied by John McCain. Currently former Sen. Jon Kyl, appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey, Sept. 4, is acting as a placeholder. There will be a special election in 2020 to permanently fill the seat.
One thing is certain. Arizona Republicans have had their fill of untrustworthy senators running as Republicans while comporting themselves as Democrats. McCain and nearly-out-the-door Jeff Flake each used the GOP party apparatus to get elected and then all semblance of the Republicans they claimed to be vanished after Election Day. It was a charade engaged in by both men, that left Republicans unrepresented.
Symington reportedly began considering the possibility when former Attorney General Grant Woods, a Republicrat who specializes in endorsing Democrats — announced he was thinking about running for McCain’s seat — as a Democrat. The party switch would be the first honest political move Woods has made in years.
Symington, who received a Bronze Star for his Air Force service during the Vietnam War, resigned in 1997 during his second term as governor, following a conviction on charges of extortion and bank fraud — a conviction which was overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, not known for its conservative bent. Pres. Bill Clinton, whose life Symington saved in a near-drowning incident in college, later pardoned him. A popular governor, easily elected to a second term, Symington was a tax-cutting businessman who entered politics in the manner engaged in by Donald Trump in 2016.
Among the Democrats Grant Woods has previously supported are Janet Napolitano — his name was prominently displayed on the notorious ‘Republicans for Janet’ list during her 2006 gubernatorial race. Woods also endorsed Democrats Terry Goddard and Felecia Rotellini for AZ Attorney General in two separate races. Leftist Harry Mitchell was Wood’s pick for Congress. He endorsed Dem Fred DuVal for governor. In 2016, Woods endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
A longtime political manipulator and contemptible braggart, lawyer Woods has learned he can generate attention by remaining a registered Republican while supporting Democrats. The washed-up McCain sycophant has nothing else to offer.