While my official work is over in Phoenix, my wife and I are staying over for a couple of days with Barry Hess, one of my friends in the movement. Hess and his family are perfect hosts, and we are enjoying spending time with Barry, Gina, and Zelig. Gina’s lasagna is awesome, btw.
As some of you are aware, Hess has been toying with the notion of running for Governor of Arizona. He is a Fordham University graduate and successful local businessman.
I’ve been witness to several key Republicans in Arizona trying to persuade Barry to run for office as a Republican. Saturday night, I heard one significant elected Republican state these sentiments in public (working on getting a copy of the film clip now). The non-RINO Republican crowd here seems to really like Hess.
This morning’s news shows (coverage of the coverage starting already) why. The public support for the two Republican contenders for Governor is very weak. Hess hasn’t announced any intent to run, but they are already polling him at 5-6% as a Libertarian. The way I (preliminarily) read these numbers, with an active campaign (especially as a Republican), Hess could be a very serious contender.
Even as I’ve been drinking my morning coffee at Barry’s house, reporters are contacting him to see when and if he plans to announce.
Hess has stated, in public, that he would consider running as a Republican. He added the caveat that that he would swap parties immediately upon being elected, though. Republicans are still courting him, nonetheless.
In light of the the ongoing conversation on the topic, I thought I’d bring up today’s practical example. If you were Hess, would you run? If so, would you run as an R or an L?