Initially looking to run for office as a Democrat, Prowell has been subjected to the ire of local party officials and everyday citizens aghast that he would challenge Giffords, who has only cast one congressional vote since a near-fatal shooting in January.
The few local Democratic Party officials he has spoken with on the phone are “livid” and have “flat out said, ‘we already have a congresswoman and I will not support you in any means whatsoever’” before hanging up, Prowell said.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the emotional reaction perfectly. Rep. Giffords was brutally attacked by a madman and almost killed; and both her constituents and her fellow party-members are very reasonably still rubbed raw. Which would suggest that Prowell’s attempt to beat Giffords in the primary would be pretty much doomed to failure, anyway. It’s not as if the man is a stealth Republican, given the way that the article relates that Prowell likes to babble about Boehner’s private jet tax breaks (and is thinking of running as a Green). And there is also – forgive me for pointing this out – the question of what happens if Rep. Giffords decides to either (worst-case scenario for the Democrats) not run for the House or (best-case scenario for the Democrats) run for the Senate next year. In either case, the Democrats are left without a candidate for the seat anyway. All in all, the response is just a bit vehement, no?
I don’t have an answer for this one, sorry. It just all seems a little bit off.