A Little-Noticed Side Effect: Pederson Decision Really Screws Up Bradley's Gubernatorial Ambitions

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Real-estate developer, former Arizona Democratic Party chairman and unsuccessful Senate candidate Jim Pederson announced yesterday that he would not be running for governor. That's good news for Attorney General Terry Goddard, who also wants the job.

But it's bad news for Dave Bradley, the state lawmaker from midtown Tucson who was mulling a gubernatorial run. Given how little name ID he has statewide, Bradley's odds were long to begin with, but in a contest where the vote isn't being split between Goddard and and Pederson, his chances of winning just dropped through the floor.

And that, in turn, is bad news for all the local would-be lawmakers who were trying to line up an appointment to Bradley's House of Representatives seat, since he's less likely to resign to concentrate on a gubernatorial run.

Bradley is termed out in 2010 and there's a pack of Democratic candidates considering a run in District 28, including blogger Ted Prezelski, former lawmaker Ted Downing, former city councilman Bruce Wheeler and Tim Sultan. (Feel free to add any others to the list in the comments.)

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