Politicker has a couple of interesting articles covering the potential switch in Governorship:
Brewer will be the 5th Secretary of State to become Governor
McCain congratulates Napolitano on possible DHS offer
Speaking of Politicker, it will be interesting to see if they change their influence list. As we pointed out, there were 5 out of the top 10 who were Napolitano insiders. At the time, we said:
"It will be interesting to see if the top of this list changes after the November election. If the Governor is successful in her initiatives and her handpicked candidates win, you'd expect to see even more on the list. If Obama wins and she makes tracks for DC, you have to wonder if their influence will diminish."
Clearly, the Governor was not successful in her initiatives and her handpicked candidates did not win. It looks now like she is going to make tracks to take a spot in Obama's cabinet. What does that do of the influence of the people who were on her staff? What about the lobbyists on the list who used the Governor to get a leg up? As the Napolitano train leaves town, what becomes of their influence? Also, who's influence will increase with the ascension of Jan Brewer?