Michael: The Gabby Rush, UpdatedSo it seems as official as it will be, at least until January when the official announcement will come: Gabby Giffords is running for Kolbe's now open CD 8 seat. No surprise really.
UPDATE: Seems Gabby is OK with resigning to run and will be commencing her assault on CD 8 immediately. Thus her Senate seat will become vacant more than year from the next election and the Pima Supes will have to fill it with a Democrat.
The likelihood of Gabby's run is supported by the scramble to grab one of the three LD 28 nominations to the Pima County Board of Supervisors to fill her seat. I'm sure that elected Precinct Committeemen (and women) all over Pima County are getting calls right about now. Unless Gabby's intent were very clear, no one would be going to all the trouble to lock down the PC votes.
It's quite clear that LD 28 representatives Downing and Bradley want the seat, and will almost certainly grab two of the nominations. The big question, and perhaps you have some ideas on this, is who will be the third? And the biggest question - who will the Pima Supes send up?
UPDATE: So, now more than ever that third slot becomes interesting and the politics of the Pima Board the new sovietology of Tucson politics. Who's got answers?