Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WATCH: Ann Kirkpatrick's "I'm Running" Video, Announcing Campaign For McCain's Senate Seat

The big Arizona political news today turned quickly from the U.S. Supreme Court NOT handing down its decision on the Arizona Legislature's case challenging Arizona's Congressional boundaries to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) announcing that she will attempt to dethrone Senator John McCain next year.

Here is her announcement video, posted on her new website and on YouTube:

Of course, the two news stories ARE related.  If the Supreme Court justices - as many are guessing - overturns Arizona voters' establishment of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, then the Republican-controlled state Legislature will attempt to re-draw boundaries to whittle away advantages held by Kirkpatrick and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) in those swing districts.

Much speculation has swirled about Sinema challenging McCain, and Kirkpatrick's announcement is more surprising.  That surprise was even heightened a bit just this past Friday when Arizona's Politics reported that Sinema was the only Arizona Democrat in Congress to not co-sponsor a bill to delay any redistricting that might be caused by a Supreme Court decision; Kirkpatrick is a co-sponsor.

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