One of my Arizona GOP guys writes in with this reaction to the surprise retirement announcement of Sen. Jon Kyl:
This was not totally unexpected. People very close to Kyl have been saying this for months.
I don’t think it will be former McCain opponent J. D. Hayworth.
Forget [Democrat Gabrielle] Giffords unless she really recuperates.
[Janet] Napolitano left the state with a big budget problem and she hasn’t shined at DHS. She might want to, but would be easy to beat.
Just retired congressman John Shadegg is a good possibility for the GOP as well as Rep. Jeff Flake (possible Teaparty favorite).
Terry Goddard, who was just defeated for governor, will probably run.
Dark Horse: Dean Martin. Popular Treasurer, but ran for governor against Brewer in the Primary. However, he is popular with Republican precinct commimtteemen.
John Munger. Former GOP State Chairman, who ran for governor last year. Dark horse.
Another possible Republican who has been seen as a potential candidate for Congress next year — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. He is a veteran and a big draw at GOP events.
The question is, could state treasurer Dean Martin win the endorsement of California GOP congressman Jerry Lewis?