Sixty-six-year-old Democrat Ron Barber already has Gabby Giffords’s and husband Mark Kelly’s endorsement in the interim election for a replacement to serve the rest of the congresswoman’s term. Giffords resigned late last month to focus on her recovery; Barber was also injured during the January 8, 2011 attack outside a Safeway in Tuscon, Arizona. But the self-described non-politician isn’t sure if he would run for a full term if he wins. He’d have six months to decide if he wants to dabble in that kind of futility.
“Based on the current phased force laydown of approximately 5,900… personnel through Dec. 15, 2018, the estimated cost to deploy, operate, sustain, and redeploy forces is approximately $72 million.”