Fife Symington Considering Run For Arizona Senate Seat

KJZZ’s Holliday Moore caught up with former Governor Symington to discuss his interest in John McCain’s open U.S. Senate seat:

Sixteen years after re-inventing himself and turning his focus on opening the Arizona Culinary Institute, Symington is intrigued over the idea of running again for office, but said he’s also torn.

“It’s a professional program,” he said about the Scottsdale school where some 150 people graduate each year. “It’s just been a real joy in my life. So, it would be hard to make the change and leave that behind.”

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John McCain Is Honored in Arizona, With Tears and Tributes

The New York Times published an account of John McCain’s funeral tribute in Phoenix. Current and former political leaders from across Arizona attended, including Governor Symington.

As Mr. McCain was lying in state, his immediate family and Arizona political leaders paid tribute to the naval aviator, who endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. They remembered him as an example of a statesman striving to unite Americans regardless of their political beliefs.

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Recent series of challenges facing Governor Ducey

The Arizona Capitol Times ran a recent article looking at challenges facing Governor Doug Ducey, from teacher strikes to an accident involving Uber’s self-driving car project.

A few comments from former Governor Symington are sprinkled throughout the article.

Regarding Uber’s autonomous vehicle project:

“All new technologies bring risk of some sort,” he said. “Just look at the Apollo program and the astronauts who were killed on the launchpad in Florida. We didn’t shut down the moon program because of it.”

Regarding the teacher pay issue:

“Lawmakers do their best to listen to everybody, but they’re elected to make tough decisions, as is the governor,” Symington said. “They’re going to get the budget out and done and that’ll be the end of it.”

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Arizona Capitol Museum opens exhibit on Gov. Symington

Several news outlets are reporting that the Arizona Capitol Museum has launched a new exhibit on former Governor Symington. Thursday, February 9 marked the first day of the exhibit in the museum’s annex located at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix.

3TV KTVK has more information on what the exhibit will include:

The museum says personal mementoes and a trove of family history items that Symington found in a trunk belonging to his mother form the exhibit’s centerpiece.

Other items include political campaign material and Symington’s Bronze Star from his military service during the Vietnam War.

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