Jesse Kelly Makes a Comeback? And Is His Pal Headed to the Independent Redistricting Commission?

The Range hears that Republican Jesse Kelly, who lost his bid to unseat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by fewer than 4,200 votes last month, may be itching for a rematch.

The GOP rumor circuit is buzzing with word that Kelly will announce his plans to run against Giffords as soon as mid-January.

And, depending on how things go at tomorrow’s hearing of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, he may end up with a friend on the Independent Redistricting Committee.

A few weeks ago, we told you about how Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce and Speaker of the House Kirk Adams complained about the list of candidates that they had to choose from to create the Independent Redistricting Commission, which has the job of drawing the boundaries for the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

A bit of background for those who haven’t been following this story as its unfolded in the papers and on the blogs: The 25 candidates for the Independent Redistricting Commission