Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona is considering running for governor as a Democrat in 2014, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.
“I’m being inundated by offers of support, of money, of organization, both from Washington and here in the state,” the Capitol Times quoted Carmona as saying. “I’ve still got an open mind on everything. I never intended to run for Senate, but people all over suggested I give it a try. I don’t want to rule anything out right now, but I’ll just keep considering all my options.”
Although he lost the Senate race in November to Republican Jeff Flake, Carmona energized the Democratic Party in the state and made the race competitive.
The margin in the race was a little more than 3 percentage points, the closest Democrats have been in a U.S. Senate race in the state since former Sen. Dennis DeConcini's last victory in 1988.
Two other Democrats have expressed interest in the gubernatorial race, former Board of Regents chair Fred DuVal and Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell.
On the Republican side, Gov. Jan Brewer has hinted that she might find a way to run for reelection, despite a state constitutional provision limiting governors to two terms. Brewer became governor in 2009, serving the last two years of Democrat Janet Napolitano's term when the latter was named U.S. secretary of homeland security, and Brewer was elected in her own right in 2010.
GOP Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who has established an exploratory committee for governor, has said if Brewer tries to run again, he will challenge her on constitutional grounds.