In the meantime, both parties are lining up candidates for 2000. Fleisher says he's trying to convince Paul Johnson, Karan English and Ed Ranger to lower their political sights and run for the Legislature. Somehow, I can't see Johnson giving up his lucrative telecommunications business to hoof it around the state Capitol.
The eternal optimist, Fleisher hasn't given up on winning Congressional District 6, even though conventional wisdom says that after Steve Owens flubbed two tries, the seat is J.D. Hayworth's for life. Fleisher's got his sights set on two possible candidates: Apache County Attorney Steve Udall and Gila River Indian Community Governor Mary Thomas.
My favorite spot to watch is still Congressional District 1, where Matt Salmon swears he's stepping down, and just about every resident of the district--I'm the only exception I can think of--has considered running.
On the Dem side, former seatholder Sam Coppersmith and former Tempe mayor (now state senator) Harry Mitchell are reportedly considering a run. From the life-imitates-broadcasting category comes the most intriguing possible GOP contender, KNIX deejay W. Steven Martin.
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