Sunday, December 19, 2004

Rick Romley

Phoenix's New Times profiles Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. There's more to the man than you might expect. In any case, Arizona progressives should know Romley; he is sure to be moving into the forefront of Republican politics here in Arizona now that he has laid down the mantle of his prosecutorial office. Romley has stated that he will either run for Governor (I hope not, he polls very well and has high favorables - better that the blustering and noxious Hayworth run against Napolitano) or Congressional District 5 (as the likelihood of a Democrat competing in 5 is so low, Romley is good second best) in 2006. He is also said to be in the eye of the Bush Administration to replace Anthony Principi at Veterans Affairs or for Romley's most coveted national post, Drug Czar. In any case, Romley will be a force to be reckoned with in Arizona politics. As his profile makes clear, his legacy and his character contain much that is positive and deserving of admiration, such as support for reproductive rights, victims' rights, and hate crimes law, despite things deserving criticism, and there are many. It's time to start do our homework in preparation for a challenge from this strong potential opponent.

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