U.S. Sen. John McCain brought Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to an intimate meet-and-greet at the Manning House last week, but the venue for his former running mate, Sarah Palin, on March 26 will be decidedly larger: Thurber Hall at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road.
The rally will begin at noon, with doors opening at 11 a.m. No ticket is required for the public event, and no one will be turned away. But the McCain campaign asks those who want to attend to call 1-602-604-2010 to help it plan for the size of the turnout. The two will appear in Mesa the next day.
U.S. Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth, meanwhile, lost his former message guy, political consultant Jason Rose, who said he quit the Hayworth campaign Friday over unresolved contract issues.
He quipped on his Twitter page: "Who says J.D. Hayworth isn't a fiscal conservative?"
Hayworth set a target of raising $1 million by the end of the month - and halfway through, he's not quite at $250,000.
Campaign manager David Payne rebuffed questions about whether the bar was set too high out of the gate. "We're very excited," he said, noting the campaign is only a month old. He declined to give away any fundraising strategies but added, "We're reaching for the stars, and we're going to win this race."
Quoth the raven
GOP gubernatorial candidate Owen Buz Mills was in Tucson last night at the Black Angus Steakhouse on North Oracle Road.
The weapons-training-facility owner, who put $2 million of his own money into the race, answered one mystery: his affection for ravens, which is pretty hard to miss, since it adorns the flag pin he wears on his lapel, as well as his cowboy boots.
It turns out Mills is a fan of Norse mythology, which includes a pair of ravens that fly through the world and bring back news to Odin. His dog Hugin is even named for one of the birds.
But then he created a whole new mystery when he said Christopher Columbus was the first Democrat. Notebook waited for the punch line. But he said he would give it only at some later point. If Notebook is nice to him.
Ah. Google helped. And it didn't make us be nice. Give it a try.
What if I don't?
The Pima County supervisors were asked Tuesday to support a plan amendment for an 18-acre parcel on the northwest side owned by HSL Rio Cancion Properties.
HSL is owned by Humberto Lopez, the former chairman of the now-disbanded recall effort against the mayor and two council members. Supervisor Sharon Bronson asked, "Does this mean if we don't approve it, we're subject to recall?"
Although the supervisors laughed, onlookers seemed befuddled. "Inside joke," she assured them.
Shoot … the picture
Terri Proud, Republican state House hopeful in District 26, will host a photo shoot for women next week, but attendees will be packing firearms as opposed to hair spray and boas.
The invitation calls it a chance to show that women support the Second Amendment. Safety first, though. They're advised to make sure each gun is holstered and ammunition-free upon arrival.
Reporter Andrea Kelly contributed to this story. Contact reporter Rhonda Bodfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4243