Shadegg Out

Arizona’s John Shadegg (AZ-03) is retiring, bringing the grand total of GOP retirements up to 29:

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) will announce this evening that he will retire from the House upon the conclusion of his current term, according to a well-placed Republican source.

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Shadegg tried last year to become House Minority Whip, and also tried for the Majority Leader slot pre-Democratic take-over in 2006. I guess the House GOP won’t have John Shadegg to kick around any more. He’s been dogged this year by an FEC complaint about his questionable fundraising practices.

Democrat Bob Lord is running a solid race, and has done some respectable fundraising, as brownsox noted a few weeks ago:

For once, Shadegg has a legitimate challenge on his hands from his Democratic opponent, Scottsdale attorney Bob Lord. Lord actually outraised Shadegg in the first quarter of 2007, and as of the September FEC filing trailed Shadegg by a mere $120,000 in receipts and cash-on-hand.

In fact, Lord’s candidacy has been sufficiently strong so far to put this seat on the radar of the DCCC, which has placed AZ-03 on its initial list of targeted seats. That is no mean feat in a district with a PVI of R+5.9, where Bush received 58% of the vote in 2004.

Shadegg tried to challenge the Republican leadership (the same leadership who presided over the disastrous 2006 elections and who would go on to be re-elected to their posts) but he couldn’t pull it off.  Now, with the prospect of a big Democratic victory in November, Shadegg–and other Republicans–find themselves farther than ever from becoming power players in the House.

With his departure, the Republicans will lose one more solidly conservative voice on their side of the aisle, and the conservative chorus in the House grows even weaker.

Now that he’s gone, Democratic challenger Bob Lord–with the help of the DCCC–could very well turn this into a competitive race. Depending on who the Republican candidate is, we could have a great shot at picking up this seat.

But it begs the question, will there be any Republicans left come November? Hopefully, the last Republican in Congress will turn the lights off on their way out…

On The Web: Bob Lord for Congress

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