Jim Pederson is a consummate politician: He's rich, well-connected, and not above pointing fingers at the opposition. He's also quite dull -- or, to be fair, at least unwilling to bite when he's baited with stupid questions from newspaper reporters. All these skills will come in handy should the former Arizona Democratic party chairman take Republican incumbent Jon Kyl's seat in the U.S. Senate next year. Pederson, a commercial real estate developer raised in Arizona, announced his candidacy earlier this month, not long after stepping down from a four-year stint as party chairman. He helped get Governor Janet Napolitano elected and revitalized a lot of dreary shopping malls in the Valley, and now he's ready to tackle politics firsthand. And frankly, any guy who wants to create a temperate outdoor restaurant that doesn't use a misting... More >>>