Next One Into the Pool: Farley Prepping for Run for Congress?

State Rep. Steve Farley is promising a big announcement next Wednesday, Feb. 29.

In his latest Farley Report from Phoenix, Farley says he'll be traveling across the new Congressional District 2 with big news next week:

To start off tonight I want to let you know that next Wednesday, February 29, I will be making a pretty exciting announcement about my political future. I would love to have you there with me to share that moment.

The first stop on the announcement tour will be at the Tucson Botanical Gardens at 10:30am — on Alvernon just south of Grant. Next I will appear on the Bill Buckmaster Show at noon on KVOI 1030-AM, then early afternoon in Green Valley (I'll let you know when and where next week), on the John C. Scott Show at the 4:00 hour, and in Sierra Vista at former Representative Pat Fleming's home, 3321 E. Ojibwa Street, at 5pm. Hope to see you at one of these stops!

Sounds to us like he's ready to get into the race for CD2 in hopes of representing (most of) the voters who were previously represented by Gabrielle Giffords. So far, that race—which will be decided in the normal election cycle later this year—features state Rep. Matt Heinz and state Sen. Paula Aboud on the Democratic side and at least five Republicans—2010 CD8 nominee Jesse Kelly, state Sen. Frank Antenori, sports broadcaster and marketing businessman Dave Sitton, former Air Force figher pilot Martha McSally and Army vet John Lervold—on the Republican side. (But before the CD2 race comes along, those Republicans are also duking it out in a special primary to finish Giffords' term.)

Here's the entire Farley Report, including details on the proposed state budget: