Pardon the delay while we figure out and wait to see what office Christine Jones is running for in 2016.
But how are we supposed to know when Jones (and her consultants) can’t even decide which office to run for?
You may remember in 2014, Jones was rumored to run for Attorney General and Secretary of State before “settling” for Governor.
(Unfortunately for Jones, a lot of Arizonans remember 2014 all too well – Compton, Vets, Military ….)
Then there was 2015. Jones floated trial balloons for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress (in a potential new seat created if the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the lines from Arizona’s redistricting commission), Phoenix Mayor, and U.S. Congress in District 9.
With the exception of the new seat in Congress that was never created (for “her”) and the U.S. Senate against an entrenched same-party incumbent, Jones ran away from fights worth having. She could have done her party a service by taking on Greg Stanton in Phoenix. But no.
She could have done her party a service by taking on Kyrsten Sinema in District 9. But no.
Because Christine Jones does what’s best for Christine Jones. All the time. No exceptions.
Now, Jones is considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives in CD 5 – in a district in which she doesn’t even reside. What’s the difference between CD 5 and CD 9 or Phoenix Mayor? Whoever can win the primary can hold onto that seat for 20 years…..or use that seat as a stepping stone for Senate, or Governor, or Supreme Emperor. In a safe Republican seat like CD 5, there’s no hard-fought General Election fight, fraught with extreme risk of losing.
And so, Christine Jones is working behind the scenes to drudge up imaginary support for her in a district that she doesn’t live in and that doesn’t want her, quite frankly. She’s created an Exploratory Committee for Congress, and her website is slowly inching towards an official kickoff fit for a carpetbagger.
But in her heart of hearts, she still wants to be governor – as her website videos still show. (Watch Jones talk about her priorities “as Governor” and “in my administration” in videos that have a “Jones for Congress Exploratory Committee” disclaimer at the end – WHOOPS!)
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Maybe Jones would be better served by new videos and new branding – or at least better editing. That footage and brand didn’t work out too well for her in 2014.
But some people never learn. Because some people will always want to be Governor.
(….or Attorney General….or Secretary of State…..or Mayor…..or U.S. Senator…..or Congresswoman….)