Former governor Symington contemplates run for McCain’s seat

Fife Symington (left) and Grant Woods

Could be ‘dishing it out’ with Grant Woods

Fife Symington was first elected governor in 1991, but stepped down during his second term because he was indicted on 23 charges, including wire fraud, bankruptcy, attempted extortion and attempted fraud. Arizona Capitol Timesreminds us that in 1998, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for bank and wire fraud, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later overturned the conviction. President Clinton pardoned Symington in 2000 as he left the Oval Office.

Now, reports Cap Times, Fife Symington is contemplating running in the 2020 special election to fill the seat long held by Sen. John McCain.

Should Symington, a Republican, run, hemight be pitted against former Attorney General Grant Woods, with whom he locked horns when the two were both in elected office.

Symington called the idea of running for U.S. Senate intriguing.

“I think it would be very interesting,” he told Arizona Capitol Times. “It’s something I would look hard at.”

About a chance to run against Woods, “That really would be a great encounter,” Symington said. “I can’t think of a better candidate to campaign against. We would have a lot of fun dishing it out.

“First of all, we have to find out what party he belongs to.”

A Republican, Woods said he is considering running for the seat as Democrat or an independent.

Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, has also expressed interest in the seat.

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