The Sage Brush Rebels: An Affectionate Look at Arizona Politics
Hailing from Arizona's bullet-proof 4th District, Congressman Nick Chaconas would likely coast to yet another easy victory, winning his sixth term on the Hill with lusty madman Alex the Terrible Jasonovich as his bombastic campaign manager. Moreover, 1994 was beginning to look like the long-anticipated Republican banner year the GOP hoped would terminate the 40-year Democratic hold on the House. Capitol Hill insider, Tim Donley, the Congressman's senior staff chief, resident dealmaker, and oracle without peer had a different take. A military procurement scandal was festering around veteran Democratic Senator Daniel De La Cruz, Armed Services committee chairman. At the coaxing of Donley, more a mentor than subordinate, the ambitious but somewhat indecisive lawmaker would face the abrupt choice of whether take on one the most powerful titans on the Hill or seek safe reelection in what was shaping up as a dead-heat race at best. Unknown to Uncle Tim however, was a brief romance his protege had had with future German Christian Democratic leader, Christine Rahm while both were graduate law students at Oxford University. legislative career and possible exposure of past indiscretions that could jeopardize his reputation and family life or play it safe and stay in the House?
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