Rubén Gallego Weighs 2020 Senate Run
Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) is seriously considering a run for Senate in 2020. A special election will be held for the final two years of the late John McCain’s term, and he’s already confident he would win a Democratic primary. His decision will depend on several factors including the outcome of the 2018 midterms and whether Democrats win back the House. Gallego is also closely watching the outcome of the contentious race between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally for the Senate seat being left open by retiring Republican Jeff Flake. “It’s difficult winning statewide here. And luckily you have a great example in how Sinema is being competitive about it,” Gallego said. “I would probably have to look strongly about [it]. There’s no guarantee that I would win.” The 38-year-old first generation American of Colombian and Mexican descent also said he had to consider how to balance a Senate run with caring for his young son. The Marine veteran was first elected to Congress in 2014 and has been among the Democrats critical of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) -- he backed Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) for Minority Leader two years ago. He’s also penned a letter to AG Jeff Sessions expressing his support of legalizing marijuana. As a member of the Arizona legislature, he introduced a bill that would have legalized marijuana possession and regulated and taxed marijuana in the state in a manner similar to alcohol. In September, Latino Victory launched an effort to recruit Gallego to run in 2020 for the Senate. More here.