While Don Bivens jumped out first in an effort to grab the Democratic nomination for Jon Kyl's Senate seat, it really does look like things are lining up for Richard Carmona to be the chosen one. While there are going to be a significant number of potential voters that won't remember Dennis DeConcini, there has to be some value in an endorsement from the last Arizona Democrat to hold the office.
From the press release:
DENNIS DECONCINI ENDORSES RICHARD CARMONA FOR U.S. SENATE
Today U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona, a combat-decorated Army Special Forces veteran, a surgeon, and the former Surgeon General of the United States, won the endorsement of former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini.
“Rich Carmona has the demonstrated experience and leadership skills needed to ably represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate at a time in our history when it is desperately needed,” said Dennis DeConcini, who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 1995. “Arizonans are looking for a leader with independent judgment and the strength to do the right thing, even when that’s not popular. They will find those traits in Rich Carmona.”
DeConcini served as Pima County Attorney before being elected to the US Senate; he is the last Arizona Democrat to win election to the U.S. Senate, and the last Pima County Democrat to win statewide election.
“I am honored to have Dennis DeConcini behind me,” said Carmona. “He is proof that there was a time when Democrats and Republicans in Washington actually worked together to get things done, and it was not long ago. His background in law enforcement, in particular his long-standing efforts to secure Arizona’s border, will be of help to me. His family’s history and involvement in our state speak for themselves. I’m glad to have him on my team.”