Feathered Bastard

Terry Goddard Wants to Be AG Again? Puh-lease

For Terry Goddard, it must be tough going from Mayor of Phoenix to state Attorney General to gubernatorial candidate to, um, Central Arizona Water Conservation District board member.

To be accurate, Terry Goddard has run for governor three times, hoping to emulate his pop Sam Pearson Goddard, Jr., who served as governor from 1965 to 1967. Each bid was unsuccessful.

In 2010, the son of Sam lost, and lost badly to our nearly-illiterate chief executive, "GED Jan" Brewer.

No doubt that was a humbling experience, for so genteel and well-spoken an individual as Goddard (Harvard grad, natch) to lose to a woman as refined as one of those reality-show rednecks on Hillbilly Handfishin'

Not to mention that Jan's only capable of communicating when her political ventriloquist Chuck Coughlin doesn't have his mouth full.

So I feel for Goddard. I really do. Losing sucks, but losing to the mental equivalent of Honey Boo-Boo is damn mortifying.

Also, Goddard was born to politics, not private life. He likely chafes at taking on the role of elder statesman.

But his apparent interest in returning to the post he held for eight years -- Attorney General, is misplaced.

He signaled that interest in a recent comment to the Arizona Republic's Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez. Former Democratic Congressional candidate Bob Lord has mentioned it on his blog. And pals of Goddard tell me he's serious about a run.

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