Valley political analyst not surprised at Rep. Biggs’ interest in Senate run
PHOENIX — A Valley political analyst said he isn’t surprised by recent comments from Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs indicating his interest at a Senate run in 2022.
Political consultant Stan Barnes of Phoenix told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday that longer term limits and the chance at more power are enough to attract any politician for the position.
Biggs told political news site The Hill on Monday he was “seriously considering” a run for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Democrat Mark Kelly.
“The power is different, the structure is different and you can be more influential,” Barnes said. “It doesn’t surprise me that a congressman like Andy Biggs would want to do that.”
Barnes expects that if Biggs does run, he would likely fare well in the Republican primary because of past endorsements from former President Donald Trump.
Biggs’ possible performance in a general election raises more questions for Barnes because of the East Valley politician’s allegiance to Trump.
Kelly’s 2020 win over Republican Martha McSally gave Arizona two Democratic senators for the first time in almost 70 years.
“That’s inescapable for Andy Biggs,” Barnes said. “He’s identified happily with the Trump movement and that’s going to do great things for him in the Republican primary but he will have to navigate that in the general election.”
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.