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Badertscher is often mentioned as a possible chief-of-staff candidate. She has fewer statehouse connections than Herstam, but Symington believes she turned his floundering campaign around after the turmoil surrounding the firing of former campaign chief Mike Morales last spring.

John Hays, a veteran GOP state senator from Yavapai County who was ousted in the primary, is reported to be under consideration for the job of liaison to the legislature. One Republican lawmaker says Hays "could play the role of [Mecham aide] Donna Carlson for Fife. John knows the people, the process, and where a few of the bodies are buried."

SET ASIDE THE CANDIDATES' prospective staffs and what do you have? Both Symington and Goddard come from well-connected families, both got their college degrees at Harvard and both stir the public passions with all the spice and spark of day-old white bread.

It's a campaign without flagship issues, vibrant political characters or gut-wrenching one-on-one conflict. So, how to choose?

Well, which one do you like more?
In the current Arizona political climate, personal demeanor is not a frivolous issue. The last two governors have been at the extremes, and neither got anything done.

The two pretenders are somewhere in that huge gray area between Mecham's bully mentality and Mofford's milk-and-cookies approach. Maybe there's a clue to the political personalities of Goddard and Symington in the way each has dealt with his party's ex-governor.

Although Goddard has spent millions and campaigned extensively in rural Arizona, his popularity outside Phoenix remains low. Many rural Arizonans remember Goddard as the Phoenix mayor who always lusted after their water.

As a public relations boost, Goddard courted Rose Mofford--a much-loved rural icon, but long estranged from Goddard--to campaign for him. All it took, a Democratic staffer confirmed, is a little bit of old-fashioned back scratching.

Goddard reportedly offered Mofford the position of state protocol officer, the ribbon-cutting position she filled informally for years as secretary of state and one that she is rumored to have long coveted. Soon after Goddard popped the question, Mofford was busily recording folksy radio spots to run in the Arizona wilderness, urging all to "vote for Terry."

"Rose is just like everybody else," says a Democratic party staffer. "She wants to be appreciated, listened to and respected. That's a lesson Goddard is only now learning."

Symington also has had to mend fences with his party's former governor. Months ago, Symington alienated the GOP's right wing by threatening in his campaign kickoff speech to give a "punch in the nose" to Evan Mecham. Symington, a political neophyte making his first run for public office, also went on to carelessly offend the GOP's worker bees, the precinct committee people, by publicly discounting their importance.

Symington, all agreed, would have trouble holding on to party activists and the far right, which are often one and the same in the post-Mecham GOP.

An obligatory postelection "peace lunch" with the impeached governor did little to clean up the fallout from their bitter primary campaign.

It was at the lunch, a source close to Mecham says, that the ex-governor offered to campaign for Symington if he would promise to allow Mecham some "input" into filling several high-level administration jobs, including the appointment of former Mecham aide Ray Russell to head the state health department. Symington demurred, perhaps wary of such a hasty courtship with Mecham or hesitant to promise the human-health job to Russell, who earned his medical degree as a veterinarian.

Surprisingly, Symington may have more in common with Mecham than either would admit. Since Day One of the campaign, Symington's demeanor during joint appearances with Goddard has been alternately petulant and sullen. During the two candidates' second debate, Symington looked like a father preparing to tell his child that the family dog had died. And when he tried to heatedly engage moderator Cameron Harper over the debate's rules, in an effort, a staffer says, to appear "tough and take charge," Symington instead appeared to whine.

In his dealings with the media, Symington's face flushes with anger whenever the questioning strays into an area he thinks is "inappropriate." Though Symington once openly disdained Mecham as uncultured and impolite, he himself is viewed by one GOP staffer as "Mecham with his shoes shined."

"He really displays the Mecham- nonperson mentality if you get on his bad side," the staffer says, "This isn't a man who is used to having to answer tough questions. He's usually the one doing the asking."

SYMINGTON'S REPUTATION fir the Mecham-style attack is growing. Just ask Goddard. The two Ivy Leaguers aren't likely to start acting like old school chums after the campaign dust settles.

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Darrin Hostetler