by Pamela Powers Hannley
The Democrats smell blood in the water.
Congressman Jeff Flake-- formerly thought to be the heir apparent to retiring Jon Kyl's US Senate seat-- is now in a dead heat for that seat with Independent-turned-Democrat, former Surgeon General, Green Baret, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy, ER doc Richard Carmona.
Carmona has been stumping tirelessly statewide for almost a year, steadily rising in the polls and raising millions of dollars to beat the lobbyist-turned-Tepublican. Carmona's increasing popularity and public pressure recently persuaded Flake to agree to multiple debates statewide. Flake had previously declined all debates, beyond a simple forum at a Phoenix PBS station with no audience. Another sign that Flake is in trouble; he is coming under fire on social media for twisting the facts about Carmona's past. (OK, politicians twist facts for a living, but Carmona has such a distinguished record of service that the super-PAC-funded trash talk is backfiring on Flake.)
A sure sign the Dems think they can win this, they recently announced that the big fundraising gun of the party-- former President Bill Clinton-- will stump for Carmona this week, October 10 in Tempe. Go here to register for this event. Woot!