Bee Is Busy
Arizona Senate President Tim Bee has been busy recently and drawing some attention.
Earlier this summer, Bee headed east to meet with the Republican Party leadership to discuss the possibility of a run for the 8th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Gabrielle Giffords. Apparently, he drew quite a bit of attention here in Arizona and the party leadership liked what they saw.
Since then, Bee has also made a decision — to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an exploratory committee for this possible run.
Tim Bee has been given favorable ratings amongst its members from both sides and both parties of the Arizona legislature finding him easy to work with, etc.
But, now it appears that the gloves are off and a fight is brewing in the Democrat camp. Upon his announcement and the launching of his website (with nothing on it mind you), Marie Weeg, Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party had this to say according to the Arizona Capitol Times:
“What Tim Bee says and what he does are completely different things.”
“These tactics are a dishonorable way to kick off a campaign for the U.S. Congress. they’re just part of an emerging pattern of Bee’s deliberately misleading behavior.”
Yet, Bee has made it clear that he is still seeking whether a run for Congress is even a viable option preferring to wait and see if the support is there and positive for his likely campaign.
“It’s in the very early stages but I have been contacting people and so far the responses have been very positive.”
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is wasting no time building up her campaign war chest in preparation for a challenge by Bee. The FEC has noted that her cash on hand as of June 30, 2007 was close to $1 million and the rumors continue that she has been fundraising since then.
Here is the take of The Critical Arizonan — they got nothing and they are scared. The best that they can do is complain that he has filed papers for an exploratory committee to consider a run for Congress. That is weak. Here are the facts…
- They aren’t attacking him on the issues nor submitting a plan for the future. All that they are saying is empty rhetoric.
- They are clearly amassing as large a war chest as they can before he makes his decision. Sounds like someone is motivated by fear.
Stay tuned as we keep tabs on this race.