Feathered Bastard

Don Bivens Follows My Advice, Drops Out of U.S. Senate Run

Phoenix attorney and ex-Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens removed himself from the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate today, leaving the way clear for former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona to snag the Dems' nod for the post.

In a statement to the press, Bivens claimed that he was taking a powder so the Dems would triumph this fall, when the Democratic nominee is expected to face off against Republican U.S. Congressman Jeff Flake.

"While I am confident we would win this primary," Bivens said, "the cost and impact on the party I've spent my life fighting for could diminish our chance to achieve the ultimate goal -- winning in November."

Though I would disagree with Bivens' contention that he would have won the primary contest, I applaud him for recognizing that Carmona is a superior candidate, one far more likely to best GOP golden-boy Flake.

(Note: Flake still faces a primary challenge from monied wingnut Wil Cardon, a goofy political neophyte, but it's unlikely Cardon will be more than a bump in the road for the congressman.)

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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