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  Shadegg would take McCain seat
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Last EditedTX DEM  Aug 03, 2008 10:44pm
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News DateMonday, August 4, 2008 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionUnless one is actually in congressional leadership, it is hard to imagine a representative not being intrigued by a chance at an open Senate seat. So it's refreshing, now and then, to hear a member of Congress actually admit that he would like to serve in the upper chamber. That's what Rep. John Shadegg told Politicker.com's Alex Isenstadt when asked if he would fill in for John McCain if his fellow Arizonan ascends to the White House.

In fact, if McCain wins, the horde seeking to replace him would be fighting over one vote: that of Gov. Janet Napolitano. State law still requires the Democratic governor to fill a vacancy with a member of the same party, and she has a number of Republicans in her Cabinet to whom she is said to be close. Shadegg admitted to Politicker that Napolitano picking him was, at best, a long shot.

It's a longer shot still because of constant rumors that fly around Arizona suggesting Napolitano has designs on McCain's seat herself. Term-limited after eight years in the governor's mansion, Napolitano will be out of a job after 2010, and many Arizona Democrats think she is the only candidate who could knock off either McCain, whose Senate seat is up in 2010, or Jon Kyl, whose seat is up two years later.

The son of Sen. Barry Goldwater's top political adviser, Shadegg knows any eventual Senate run he makes will probably involve a matchup with Napolitano. But before Shadegg gets that shot, McCain's going to have to win the White House.
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