by Jim Nintzel
Your juicy rumor of the day: Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller’s chief of staff, Jeannie Davis, wants to try to unseat Supervisor Ray Carroll next year.
There is no love lost between Miller and Carroll, the two Republicans on the Board of Supervisors. Although Carroll supported Miller after she won her primary in 2012 and co-hosted a fundraiser for her that year, he soon found himself on her Enemies List after she took office.
Admittedly, Miller’s Enemies List is a long one that includes Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, the three Democrats on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, several of her former District 1 staffers, many of the reporters who have covered her at the Arizona Daily Star, your humble Skinny scribe, retired schoolteacher/furniture store owner Bob Dorson, The Loop bike path and—if her rabid opposition to the Pima County Animal Care Center expansion project last year is any indication—stray puppies and kittens. It might be shorter to catalog her “Friends List.”
Given her abrasive nature, it’s pretty clear that Miller is not going to have many victories at the Board of Supes meetings. But she remains determined to undermine Carroll, who has served on the board since 1997.
Davis, who came on as Miller’s chief of staff about a year ago, is also no fan of Carroll. In 2012, she ran the campaign of Republican Sean Collins, who tried to unseat Carroll with a Tea Party-ish campaign that complained, among other things, that Carroll opposed the Rosemont Mine and supported putting water stations in the desert to prevent migrants from dying of thirst. Apparently, the pro-death-to-migrants platform isn’t all that popular, as Carroll won that GOP primary race with 57 percent of the vote.
We’ve been told by at least one hard-right Republican that Davis—who did not respond to two emailed queries as to whether she wants to get into the race—has been telling people she wants to run against Carroll next year. If she moves forward with that plan, expect tensions on the supervisors’ 11th-floor offices to climb even higher than they already are.