Antonia D'orsay

Writing a check your body can't cash

Filed By Antonia D'orsay | January 10, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

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That line still sticks in my head, all the years after it was pointedly told to Tom Cruise. It fits in well with a whole set of ideas related to a particular theme that Dirty Harry once reminded bad guys of: we all have got to know our limitations. I've long had strong ideas about knowing yourself. The people I like the most and that I find of greatest value all know themselves (or at least seem to know themselves) - and not in theory, but in terms of experience, because to know about yourself, to learn what your limitations are, you try something and see if you can do it.

And, with that in mind, I'm going to talk about something I'm going to do that plenty of people are telling me I'm not going to be able to do or that is a waste of my time or that will cause them undue harm.

I am running for office, in 2012, in Arizona, as a Democrat, and probably for a State Legislature Representative or Senator seat, although I'd really like to run for the minimum of one new Federal seats Arizona will get following the 2010 census. For the next couple years, Bilerico will get a front row seat to that effort, as on occasion I will write about what I'm doing and what's involved in that process.

This is the first of those infrequent columns, and I will talk about some of the things that informed that decision.

I've written several times in the past about how I have some very strong ideas about the kinds of efforts that we, the LGBT community, should be engaging in for the purpose of making changes in laws and in society to gain greater equity and ensure our own equality in the US.

Chief among those ideas is that we need to be running for office ourselves. Any office, any time, every time an election comes up, and in every election.

If we are indeed one in ten in the US, then there should be ten Senators and around forty four Representatives who are LGBT in Congress. Then again, Congress should also 220 Representative women and 50 Senators, have about 26 persons of color as Senators and 113 Representatives of the same sort, and so forth and so on.

It's not. Nor is it likely to ever be those things. I'm very much aware of that (and also why, to a great extent), but that doesn't mean that it's not something that should be happening in any case.

That doesn't mean that people shouldn't at least try. Because without people trying, there will not be awareness, and there will not be change, except exceedingly slowly, and then, typically, only as a matter of retaining power.

Something people talk a lot about without realizing it - when we talk about how spineless Democrats are, we are talking about how it is they will retain power. Yet they aren't in a position to be willing to sacrifice that power. Nor can we provide them with the means to remain in power, so that we can hold their failures over their heads.

This is why a bit over a year ago I spoke about needing an Agenda, and I proposed a method of coming to that agenda, and, as I pretty much expected, some people got a bit negative about it as an Idea.

That the idea was the same thing done 221 years ago, and that its still done every four years by two separate groups was totally overlooked, because the idea struck many folks as just being outlandish - such stuff can't actually happen, they thought.

And yet, it's what gives us party platforms and its' what gave us the Constitution in 1789.
Pretty effective, I'd say, but I'm one of those idealists you read terrible things about in the paper.

I talk about how that changes the rules in that older article.

That's important, because it underlies some of my ideas, and one of those ideas is to put your money where your mouth is - to cash that check with your body.

I'm going to go ahead and do it.

I decided to do it in October of 2007. I become very firm in my commitment to do it in November of that year. It was then that I decided it would be the 2012 race.

I made that decision because of the Census in 2010 (this year). Arizona has grown a lot in the last 10 years, and as I really want to run for a Congressional seat, that makes the most sense. But there is reality involved, not merely idealism, and I am not going to do this for the purpose of losing.

I am running to win. First and foremost, there's an old saw from the long ago film "Power" about how once you get in, you can do damn near anything you want, but first you have to get in.

I am running to get in.

I am, already, a moderate. Indeed, I'm a left leaning moderate, but I know my state's politics rather well in terms of public opinion, and while I know I have an uphill battle, I'm not put off.

I have the benefit of not being the first. Amanda Simpson, the recent appointee we are hearing so much about, ran last election for a similar seat, iirc.

I'm a Blue Dog. Socially progressive, fiscally conservative, and balancing it all on a more case by case basis than a black and white policy. I'll be running as a Democrat because I doubt that running as a Republican is going to gain the backing of my party officials in my state. Think of it as a strong libertarian streak that fits the nature and character of my state, in terms of tradition.

Politically, I'm very centrist, and I'm huge on infrastructure - both physical and social. Arizona has a lot of budgetary concerns that aren't going to go away anytime soon, and there's a deep inequity in the state level government that people such as Kyrsten Sinema are fighting against, and I stand with her on that point. On many, in fact. She's a kick ass person and one of my personal inspirations.

If you don't know who she is, well, look her up. She's worth following.

I asked a lot of people why they didn't run for office in the lead up to my decision, and I've kept on doing that. Not because there's anything wrong with them not running, but because I'd like to know why, and it comes down to they all fear losing something.

Privacy, anonymity, security.

I have nothing to lose. Indeed, by the measure of many, and to the glee of some who like to say terrible things about me, I've pretty much lost everything that one can lose already.

So why not run, I ask myself. I have yet to come up with a good answer that meets the logical paradigm of someone should.

In other words, like I noted in my article about who's fight this is, I'm doing it because no one else is.

I'd like to see, in 2012, every single political race in America feature an LGBT person. Every single one. Doesn't matter if they are Republican or Democrat, left or right. Because that would be shocking.

So here it is, January of 2010. In a little under 3 years, I will be elected to an office and will have a job to do.

I can't run on an LGBT platform.

Simple truth, huge fact, whatever you want to call it - it's just not enough for me to run on. Not in a state that elects such luminaries as Jeff Flake and J.D. Hayworth and, well, ugh, John McCain.

It has to be broader, because I have to reach the other 9 in 10 people. Or at least 5 out of every ten out there, assuming I can generally pull in the LGBT vote (which, as a Trans person is not entirely assured).

This is one of the biggest deals of running for office, as well - you need to make a connection with people who are not LGBT, and that means you can't really be thinking bad stuff about them, because, in the end, they are not bad.

Yes, there are bad people out there. There are bad people everywhere - hell even some trans folk have recently been writing stuff like "Ron Gold was right", and that's a pretty strong indication of being a bad person.

But they are not everyone.

And so, given I plan to be elected, I have to make sure that I meet their desires as well.
That's the way it works. A lot of people have difficulty with that. It does not mean that I have to abandon my goals for LGBT folks - indeed, since I view LGBT folks as having pretty much the same needs as the wider population, it's rather favorable.

In thinking hard on this, as well, it's important that I keep in mind the needs of the people close to me. And in this case, I'm markedly unfair.

In November of 2007 I had the chance to go "stealth" - to woodwork, or blend, or what have you. Now, despite some people thinking so, I do not actually find that doing that is bad.

More accurately, stealth is good for the individual, and openness is good for the community (or the greater number of people). Conversely, its bad for the community, and openness is bad for the individual.

From that point, how one feels about stealth is a matter of one's personal interest in the wider community. In my case, it's on a case by case basis - sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it's a bad thing. You have to give me a situation, as there's no blanket statement that's correct in all situations.

In trying to get social services or medical care for the larger population, it's a bad thing. In trying to have a life that's quiet, well, it's not that bad at all.

Those closest to me know this is my goal. They also know I am going to do this, and as once I've decided to do something I tend to do it, it's happening, and the chips and bits and pieces of battered and bloody bodies will fall where they will.

It may mean I lose my relationships. That's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I won't be making a third career of this, after all, so anything that happens is going to be short term, and people have surprisingly short memories.

Going forward, I will talk about the process of actually starting this run, in both the greater details and the little personal things, so we can all see what goes into it.

As for me, I plan to look at it the way I look at everything: as an adventure.


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This is a brilliant piece! I'm behind your agenda 212%!

This is a brilliant piece! I'm behind your agenda 212%!

What Congressional seat are you planning to run for?

If the local party elites will at the least give some kind of support for it, the new one that comes out of the census this year. I expect the gerrymandering to have a line fairly close to my current residence, which should bump me out of Mitchell's district and into a new one.

If not that, then my target at this time is a state legislature senate seat, as the current district is heavily structured to favor the moneyed north (if you are familiar with Phoenix, I'm at the lower bounds of Arcadia, lol) but there's a lot of grumbling in southern areas and it would be nice to take out a couple of Senator Kyle's buddies.

Thanks.

Good thing I'm a tad rough around the edges myself, I suppose.

I'm glad you'll be keeping us informed of the process, which I imagine is infuriating and difficult even if you aren't LGBT. Good luck!

Toni,

Running for office in AZ, and a state level office at that?

Whoa. Good luck. I mean that, sincerely.

Of course, you're not going to win, but sometimes it's not the winning or losing as much as it is the fight, huh?

Look at the people Arizonans elect, even while they're bitching about electing them: John McCain, Jeff Flake, John Kyl, JD Hayworth, John Shadegg, Andrew Thomas, Joe Arpaio... that current governor Brewer and Janet Napolitano ever got elected were the greatest of flukes - in both cases, at the time of their election, their white male opponents were so blatantly corrupt, the state would have been a laughingstock if they'd been elected. But, even then, their corrupt white male opponents came very, very close to winning.

You know what's strange? Even as backwards as Arizona can be, both Bill and I consider Phoenix (well, technically, Glendale) "home." Bill was born and raised in the Bay Area; he lived in pretty much the same location for 45 years. I was born and raised a nomad. I counted once, and before relocating to the Bay Area, I had lived in 17 different cities in 8 states; my father was transferred a lot for business, when I became an adult, since I had no "roots" anywhere, I simply continued that lifestyle. I actually thought I'd live the rest of my days in California, but then Bill got transferred to Phoenix. Seven years after that, he didn't so much get transferred to Atlanta as told: "The job's going to Atlanta, we want you to go with it, but it's your choice."

That was just as Phoenix was entering it's fiscal downward dive. We were the last persons in our area to get over $200K for our home (1/5-acre lot, in-ground diving pool, 3bd/2ba). Bill's been watching the market back there; the houses on both sides of us have since been foreclosed upon and sold for just over $80K. The last time he checked, our old home had been marked for foreclosure; he's thinking of putting a bid in on it and, if we would get it, renting it to the persons who purchased it from us. I'm against the idea; it would tie up every single penny we have, both in our current home's equity, as well as savings and "emergency reserve." Plus, at one point in my familial history, my father was a long-distance landlord. It never works out well.

But, I digress.

You know how dirty politics always is in Arizona, I'm sure. Only in Arizona can an incumbent candidate run for Sheriff and be allowed to hold press conferences announcing his office is investigating his opponent on rape charges without the public screaming: "Hey, ass wipe, that's a huge conflict of interest on your part!"

The majority of voters in Arizona are still the white elderly "snowbirds," Toni. Those that have relocated to Arizona for the dry heat - and there's something about Minnesotans... there's so many of them in Phoenix they actually had a mini class reunion for Minnesota State University at the "Arizona Broadway Theatre" three years ago for a special performance of "Little Shop of Horrors."

(BTW: If you've never been there, I recommend the Arizona Broadway Theater, in Peoria, quite highly. It's dinner theater, but unlike the steam-table/rubber chicken/chewy steak variety of dinner theater (you know, like Broadway Palms, in Mesa). ABT has a four-star chef preparing gourmet meals; a pair of tickets can be pricey, but we've never been disappointed; hell, when Bill was transferred, they even allowed us to return those tickets still left on our season ticket package for a full refund, less the value of the tickets for the performances we'd already attended... but I get sidetracked!)

When the first "protect marriage" bill was defeated by Arizona voters, the Republic ran commentaries theorizing the voter base had changed to a more moderate voter; I said then, in print, it wasn't a moderate vote, it was simply a vote of all the shacking-up Social Security recipients protecting themselves, that the measure would come back saying, essentially: "Hey, we just meant the fags!" and that that measure would pass by overwhelming numbers.

Sure enough, a year later, I was proven correct.

Hell, Toni, I've even had gay friends in Glendale come up with a wild conspiracy theory concerning the light rail - that the route was chosen, specifically to put gay businesses out of business, since the corridor in which 90% of Maricopa County's gay bars and businesses existed was also the corridor in which all the light rail construction was being done, eliminating access to those businesses, unless a patron was walking.

I'd originally "pooh-pooh" those friends, but then, thinking about it, I had to admit it was a little odd the city of Phoenix/Maricopa county would construct the entire line all at once, instead of piece-milling it... put a mile in, then another mile, then the next. And is it just coincidence the corridor chosen was the "gay" corridor?

Of course, we shouldn't forget that it was in Arizona the political "illegal immigrants from Mexico are destroying our economy/health care/social infrastructure, etc." way of thinking was born. Even Texas doesn't have a contingent of "ordinary" citizens who've proclaimed themselves patriotic "Minutemen" who patrol the border with armed weapons, lacking any authority at all to do so... and, when they murder alleged illegals coming across the murder, are found not guilty in the state's criminal courts.

Hell, Toni, I've no doubt that if a ballot initiative could be qualified, the Civil Rights Act would be reversed in Arizona by Arizona voters.

So, again, good luck, Toni. Maybe you'll be able to reach out to those voters and share some sort of resonance with them.

And who knows it just...

I forgot what I was going to say because I just saw Dumbo soaring past my window! Wow!

Oh, and yes, I know Governor Brewer was not elected governor, but appointed by the GOP-controlled house after Governor Napolitano left the office to join the current President's cabinet.

When I refer to her election (Brewer's), I am referring to her election to the state House as Secretary of State.

Brewer's appointment is one more example of the GOP simply not giving a shit about the voters of AZ. The voters chose a Democrat, and re-elected that Democrat... so when that Democrat leaves, the GOP controlled House appoints a non-Democrat to finish the term...

Hiya Eric, lol.

Wow. That's a hell of a lot.

Some background for ya. I am a native of Arizona with roots that stretch throughout the state pretty much north of the Gasden Purchase (that is, north of the Gila river).

Born in Phoenix (Good Sam), I went to school in Scottsdale, Sedona, and Mesa. My extended family as a child was large, and centered on Glendale, where my grandfather had built the family home at a time when it was south of the main city and there really was a whole crapload of fields between Phoenix and Glendale.

My Great Grandfather had moved the family business (lawyers, lol) from Prescott to Glendale, and among their work was the writing of the town charters for El Mirage, GoodYear, and, well, pretty much all the West Valley. Same circles produced a minor real estate guy back in the day named "Long". I'm sure you've heard of him, lol.

I left the east valley and joined the Army, came back and went south to Tucson for College (mostly because I couldn't take being that close to the east valley anymore). After a that I came back and moved to Phoenix again (near what was then still Christown), and then after that down to 7th and Osborn, and then finally back up to Peoria.

Arrowhead Mall (Towne Center) was a dying citrus orchard I used to walk through. Met my ex, married, had kids, lived in Glendale, Peoria, and, of course, El Mirage.

El Mirage was just booming then, and there were new elections, and I know a tiny bit about that from personal experience.

In Glendale, there is a Restaurant at Grand and Glendale. If you go into it, there are pictures on the walls of my family and even my step father.

I know the area from one end to another, and yeah, I think I can indeed reach them. And while Minnesota is big, it aint got nothing on Chicagoans and Californians, lol.

Remember, I was one of the team that helped twits like those named get into office. Hayworth had the least to worry about (and may actually run again, sadly). I know how dirty it gets, and well, I'm not exactly the sort that claims the high moral ground because my morality is usually different.

Avoid the bid -- rental market here is dead, because there was a huge glut of apartments already available that had been more or less left empty by housing boom. THe wave is starting to hit the commercial sector now.

My bf flips houses. Its what I'm usually doing when I'm not annoying people -- yesterday I put in a new front patio at a house (although he had to do the digging) while he built a back one.

We've done a lot of looking, and unless you can get the house for about 50,000 less than it was priced in 2004, stay away from it. Plus the whole long distance landlord thing (which creates additional issues on top of the investment element).

Better choice would be to hunt down a nice fix up or still in original condition home and make it a vacation house for long term investment (5 to 7 years).

Joe's under indictment from the grand jury now -- Ole Napalitano, I think, but she's totally "clear" of it. With state employees in federal witness protection, no less.

He's finally outside his range, and it looks like he may drag Thomas down with him.

THe light rail only hit the Central Ave corridor, not the 7th corridor -- but it was pretty odd they timed the major reconstruction on 7th there to it, wasn't it?

No matter -- it's more bustling and busier than ever, and its spreading out, too. We even have a new community center.

Speaking of glendale and the Light Rail, they are now fighting over the next leg of it out there. IT was originally supposed to head up grand to Arrowhead, but now they want to run it further west to the stadium.

Be interesting to see who wins this time: money or old farts. Sun City wants it to go to Arrowhead, Glendale wants it to go Stadium. Cards need a few more games like yesterdays, I suspect.

As for the campaign, well, I'm going to win. While running is more important than winning, there's the fact that I'll be drawing a different message than the incumbents, and I'm an outsider who's a native Arizonan.

And knows a lot of dirty little secrets...

Toni,

In the 7 years we were there (just off 67th & Peoria Avenues), we noticed one thing about Glendale government - everything revolves around that frigging silver flying saucer. If they want the light rail to go out there, then that's where it will go... and they'll find some way to get around having the Cards help pay for it.

I knew Joey-boy was under investigation by a Grand Jury, but I hadn't heard where any indictments had yet to be handed down. And it really doesn't matter if they are; the "toughest Sheriff in America" has already shown a history of simply ignoring court rulings with which he disagrees, so I highly doubt he'd actually arrest himself if an indictment was handed down and he definitely would not resign from office. Just like under Governor George Wallace (regarding the US Supreme Court decision concerning ending segregation in public schools), Attorney General Holder would have to threaten Joe with the Justice Department, and the National Guard, coming in and forcibly removing him... but with the AZ National Guard completely depleted due to Iraq and Afghanistan, and those remaining being overwhelmingly Joey supporters, even that could be tough for the feds to pull off.

But before it ever came to that, Joey and Andy would be announcing criminal conspiracy investigations into members of the Grand Jury. That's just their routine when anyone attempts to stop them.

I'm sure you're made of tough material, Toni, but within days of announcing your candidacy, especially as a Democrat, you're looking at two years of being publicly labeled THE pervert of Arizona. By the time the GOP is through, some of the scarlet-throated residents will be hanging crucifixes and garlic around their windows at night to protect their children, not from vampires, but from you. I have never seen such ugly campaigning in my life than that of persons seeking office in Arizona... and I come from both Ohio (during the scandalous Rhodes years) and Pennsylvania in the 70s.

You're going to be dragged through the mud, as will your boyfriend, your ex-wife, your kids... any family member you have/had; it's just the nature of the beast in AZ. I'm sure you know that; I certainly hope you're prepared for it - and that you'll have prepared all those others.

(Hell, freak everyone out, Toni... get an endorsement from McCain's daughter!).

Well, as far as my ex and the kids, they are on their own.

Heartless, but I will admit to a certain evil sense of glee in the thught of people who have gone to a great deal of toruble to have nothing to do with me suddenly be stripped of that privilege.

Bad of me, well, probably, but hey -- they want nothing to do with me, they get no consideration. I am not *that* nice a person.

Family wise, though, it will be challanging. While I expect my previous name to come up (it's kinda unavoidable), it will be something that they have to prove, and that will be difficult without my signing off on a court order.

My boyfriend is in Tennessee, so that's easy, my roommates are, well, roommates. Who are aware of the worst that can happen.

ANd I'd thought about getting her cred added in. It would, however, mean patching up a difference of opinion she and I had in 2000...

Sheriff Joe's going down. Maybe not from this Grand Jury, but his days are numbered.

Use that.

Remember, I'm in Australia, and even I can see the writing on the wall.

You're diving into a sewer though. You know that. Good luck.

Toni,
I now know you well enough to know that you cover all the bases when you set out to do something. That's why I need to ask you some questions.

As the Bilerico readers and contributors have seen, you are a very intelligent person. (Keep in mind, I lived 45 years of my life in Arizona.) However, the average voter in Arizona can't hold a candle to your level of knowledge and could easily be overwhelmed once you start using words that have three syllables or more. Have you formed a plan of action to present yourself at the level of understanding that the average AZ voter can not only understand, but relate to?

Have you formed a plan on how to address the trans issue when brought up? Do you have a plan on how to address the surgery issue, especially if SRS doesn't happen by your official announcement date? How will you handle the relentless hate speech toward you when the campaign begins, especially if it comes from Democrats who want that slot in the primary? Where is the funding going to come from? Will you try to get help and endorsement from the Victory Fund? Will the Republican support for their candidate be heavy in your district.

I considered running here in GA, but several of those questions came up, mostly by me. I'm in a Republican district that would flock to their candidate in droves. The primary would also be tough.

First of all, I would like to see you make it. No trans person has yet to break the State House or Senate barriers, much less Congress. It will be interesting to see your progress as the time draws near.

And, Monica :D

I'm not all that intelligent. Just marginally well informed on some topics of personal value to me. Please don't talk about sports, cars, or precambrian rock formations.

THe average voter in AZ may not have the vocabulary I have, but they have the same needs I have, and I do possess the ability to shift "persona" so to speak -- I can be ghetto in the ghettos, academic in the schools, trailer trash in the parks, old in the retirement communites.

In the end, though, people are worried about housing, business, and jobs. THree things I'm very worried about as well, and I will use that.

How I speak to folks will be one of the things I have to deal with as I go forward witht his series, and will almost certainly be a big part of the whole thing.

We have to reach people where they are, not where we want them to be.

In that regard, my single biggest challenge will be that I *really*, really suck at sound bites.

WHen the trans issue is brought up, my response will likely be some more topical variation on "Yes. And?" IT's not why I'm running, so its not someth8g I;'m going to take the time to get into.

If the surgery question comes up, I'll make note of HIPPA, and the fact that my birth certificate is changed. THat's all that's needed, and that's about the extent of where things will go. I may be out, but my genitals are not going to be visble to the general public, and there's an old trick we used to use about how that which cannot be proven does not exist.

Hate speech will come period. Let it. Indeed, one of the things I'm going to be doing is counting on their hate speech -- as it will, ultimately, help my campaign.

What could hurt it more than anything is the absence of such. WIthout it, I'll lose the ability to attract the press and get the message out.

And in the time honored way of all modern politicians, as you know, there's no question that someone can ask me about trans stuff that isn't going to be used to show how electing me will benefit them.

And avoid answering the question at the same time, lol.

FUnding will come, most likely, from clean elections. I have the ability to tap into it, provided I get enough of the 5 dollar small contributor funding, and if I can do that, there's a good chance I'll be able to pull in greater funding and step outside the CE rules.

I will try to get a VF endorsement. I don't think there is point where we conflict, but they are sometimes a bit challenging to get the backing from, as they tend to favor sure things more than wild cards.

Yes, republican support in the district I will *most likely* be running is will be rather strong. Which is, in fact, part of the reason I'm planning to run.

Republicans like other republicans, and that does not mean religious right sorts. It means people who are small government, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, blah blah sorts. Indeed, I'm more likely to get into fights with Dems over policy questions, as I'm more Republican than Dem in social policy outlook.

On the other hand, because I am much more moderate, I look at things on a specific case basis, and so when faced with issues will take the case to the specific areas where I can benefit.

About the only thing that I will not be flexible on, and that will markedly set me apart from the others, is that I will be running with the express purpose of ensuring equality and equity for all Arizonans at all levels.

ANd I will work to enact legislation to make that a reality.

So stay tuned -- all of this is stuff I will talk about, because the purpose of these articles is not so much to talk about my campaign in terms of getting elected, but in terms of what one goes through to run.

We'll see if it changes me as a person :D

Toni,
You know you can always use me as an adviser, or at least a sounding board. In many areas, you know the the subject matter to a "T." (giggle) But, this is an area that I do have a lot of experience with, being involved in several campaigns over the years. And, my connection to AZ can be helpful. The state has a special place in my heart. I'm here, if you wish my help.

In 2012, I've already decided for whom I'm going to cast my Presidential vote, even if she's not running (I'll write her in if, for some reason, she doesn't get the nomination from the GOP, the Dems or, even, the Tea Baggers).

She's had experience at the Executive level, being the duly elected governor of one of the United States, until stepping down to answer a higher call; she didn't "quit," because she's no quitter... she just felt it important to move on in her life and, in that "moving on," make a significant impact on the lives of Americans without being tied to the constraints of being a Head of State of a state.

She's never had to face a foreign policy decision as a governor, but in her state, a major foreign country can actually be seen from certain locations within the state; that foreign country has a history of unrest that could affect United States citizens negatively.

Yes... in 2012, I'll be casting my vote for...

Janet Napolitano. Former Governor of Arizona.

Perhaps then, just maybe, she might answer the question: "So, are you a big dyke, or what??"

(When I lived in AZ, and someone supported Palin, I'd point out that Napolitano had exactly the same credentials as Palin and watch them sputter as to just why Napolitano would be unqualified - it was really fun during that brief period of time Napolitano was being considered as a running mate for the current President.

Those persons' reasons for Napolitano's disqualification always, essentially, boiled down to: "She's not qualified because she's a Democrat!")

I like Janet.

I'm still *really* pissed off at her for leaving the state in the mess its in now -- I know Jan, personally, and so while I don't mind her, she no longer has the power over the Legislature that she used to have, as the party shifted under her just as it did me.

Janet's a lot stronger than people realize, but her leaving the state just as the shit hit the fan wasn't the smartest move she could have made for us (although, for her, oh hell yeah, lol).

Had Hillary won the primaries, word was that Janet was going to be VP.

Which would have given you your opportunity :D

JAKE KOPMEIER | January 11, 2010 2:04 PM

You go girl!! You have my support. I was born in Phoenix, but live now in Florida. My prayers and postive thoughts are with you.