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16th September
written by Sean Noble

Vernon Parker, Mayor of Paradise Valley, AZ, is likely to announce tonight that he is running for Governor.  Thus he will be the first major Republican in Arizona to jump into a race against incumbent Republican Governor Jan Brewer.

So now it gets interesting.  With Parker’s entrance into the race, the line has been crossed – that is, he is the first to make a move sending the signal that he isn’t waiting to see whether Brewer decides to run for re-election or not.  Watch for others to follow suit.

Parker is a solid guy.  The question is whether he’s ready for prime time.  When the Arizona Republic wrote about him considering a run last month, half the story was about alleged legal issues.

He will have the novelty factor in that, at this point, he is the only African-American Republican in the nation running for a Governor’s seat and if he won, he’d be the first African-American Republican Governor in history.  He will also immediately begin to be compared to Obama.

I suspect that this could end up being a crowded Republican primary race.  Besides Parker, others reportedly mulling include Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Treasurer Dean Martin, former Governor Fife Symington, Tucson attorney John Munger, former US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, among others.  With a multi-candidate race, who knows what could happen.

One thing is for certain: Jan Brewer has a target on her.



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  1. Jill

    Brewer is the one who put the target on her own back. Should be an interesting race from here on out!

  2. 16/09/2009

    Of course the Republic spotlighted and magnified Parker’s legal issues – they would attempt to tear down any conservative.

  3. John

    Not to be overtly pedantic here, but Parker wouldn’t be the first African-American Republican Governor–he’d be the first one elected. P.B.S. Pinchback served as Governor of Louisiana for 35 days from Dec. 1872 to January 1873, the first non-white, African-American governor of a U.S. state.

    And, while I get what you’re saying, I think it’s not entirely fair to label Parker as the answer to Obama. He wouldn’t be the answer to Obama, he’d be the comparison…I think whoever provides the best “answers” has yet to be manifested, as their ideologies are diametric…not to mention that PV and even Arizona in the eyes of some are small potatoes compared to being President of the United States. Only time will tell.

    I think Parker will end up the Republican nominee and I wish him the best.

  4. 17/09/2009

    Compared to Obama? That’s magical thinking!

  5. 23/09/2009

    I listened to you on KFYI. I liked what you had to say. Sir I am offering my services to you. I am reletive of Roger Mudd, (NBC) NEWS in the Walter Cronkite years. I am a Ronold Republican Conservitive and I back you 100%. What can I do to help your drive towards Govenor of the great state of Arizona. You will find me very effective with regard to money and votes…you are needed at this time! If I can be of any help contact me at 480 ***-**** (home). I work for ******

    L Milkey

  6. Sean Noble

    I blanked out the phone number and employer – because I don’t know whether you know this is a public post or not – and I sent it to Mr. Parker, since I’m clearly not running for Governor.

  7. shelley nathan

    This evening I was at Montelucia for Mr. Parker’s announcement. As I watched my peers I realized this man awakens the passion in people. He is real, honest, and has integrity. Watching he and his beautiful family on stage this evening made me feel pride for our State of Arizona! Let’s support this great man as I feel he will do a fabulous job of leading our State!!

  8. Bryan Smith

    Vernon Parker is just one more political opportunist that Republicans trip all over themselves to promote in an effort to not be called racist.

    Vernon Parker is not a real conservative, he’s a political opportunist.

    What type of “conservative” uses his skin color to get a taxpayer-funded grant for over a million dollars for his “minority-owned” business.

    When are Republicans going to stop thinking that by nominating black candidates the Left is going to stop calling us racists, or that blacks are going to automatically going to start voting Republican?

    There are far better candidates in the running that can actually be effective Governors in office. Republicans need to stop playing this game that we need to promote every black Republican (regardless of the quality) in order to show the world we’re not racist.

  9. […] for those of you wondering: there are already invocations of Parker as “The Republican Obama.” Given that the last guy I heard this about was Bobby Jindal, I am not all that […]

  10. 24/02/2010

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