Feathered Bastard

Sylvia Allen, Uber-Wingnut, Chickens Out of LD 6 Run

Score a triumph for redistricting a little more than a half-year ahead of the November elections. The Payson Roundup reports that Republican state Senator Sylvia Allen has turned yellower than an egg-sucking cur at the prospect of running in the newly formed Legislative District 6, where a recent poll showed her with a mere 22 percent approval rating, the lowest of legislators surveyed.

Seems Allen's decided to take some time off from law-makin' to spend more precious moments with the kinfolk.

"When you're a rural legislator, you have to drive many hours. If I was taking care of constituent matters, I was just gone a lot," Allen told the Roundup. "It's a sacrifice for my husband, for my children, for my grandchildren."  

Allen's supposed longing for familial bonding is one of the oldest excuses in the political playbook. Actually, it's a yolk-colored stripe down the back that's given Allen second thoughts about running for re-election .

See, Allen is currently the state Senator from the solidly GOP Legislative District 5, but she would have to run in the new LD 6 to keep her seat. 

The new district includes the the ever-crunchy hippie heaven of Flagstaff. And that's had Democratic state Representative Tom Chabin, whose running for Senate from LD 6, salivating at the thought of sparring with the wingnutty Allen in a general election.

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