Two years after an unsuccessful campaign for her party’s nomination for governor of Arizona, Republican Christine Jones is looking at giving electoral politics another try.
An official at the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday confirmed a report that Jones, a former executive and top lawyer at The Go Daddy Group, will meet with the organization this week in Washington about a possible campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 9th District. Jones has kept a high profile with the state's conservative base since losing the governor's primary in August 2014.
After she lost, she immediately turned around and campaigned for other candidates on the ballot that November, appearing at an election night event for the man who beat her in the primary, now-Gov. Doug Ducey, and has kept up a presence at Republican events since.
If she were to run, Jones would show up to the table with two factors that could could “make this race competitive overnight," one Republican operative with knowledge of the district said. First, she has a significant amount of personal wealth she earned during her time at GoDaddy, and second, she has some residual name identification from her 2014 campaign.
Though she has no voting record, she is not without controversy. In 2014, Jones — whose biography says she sings in her church choir and at military events — sang at a fundraiser for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and defended his controversial tactics against illegal immigrants.
In her last campaign, Jones got a financial boost from her former boss, GoDaddy Group founder Bob Parsons, who spent $1 million on an independent group which funded negative commercials against Ducey.
But the district, which President Barack Obama won by 4 points in 2012, is near the top of the list of 19 seats Republicans are vying to take from Democrats next fall. Sinema is also one of 12 lawmakers listed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Frontline” incumbent protection program.
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