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Scarp brings us the news today that Karen Johnson wants to run for governor.

We don't disagree with her own estimation of her chances: "I don't have any grand illusions about winning."

Well, if she just wants to make sure social issues are a big part of the 2010 GOP primary, we say: Bring it on!

We recall a moment of testimony regarding the Great Gay Threat, as reported in the Arizona Republic in 1999.


Johnson was the first to speak at a committee hearing on a bill that would prohibit the use of tax money to pay spousal benefits for unmarried couples and homosexuals.

But before long she launched into a diatribe against homosexuality itself.

"It's critical to our national health and survival to restore social virtue and purity to our state and nation," Johnson said. "Is living together without the benefit of marriage good? Is homosexuality good? If cohabitating and homosexual behavior is detrimental to the individual and to society, besides breaking the law, then society has the responsibility to resist it."

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