Although she’s played the re-election game for all the juice she can squeeze out of it, even declaring that there is “ambiguity” in the state Constitution regarding her ability to run for another term, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, announced today that she would not seek re-election.
“There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,“ she said, “and after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that.”
In 2012 with a surge of bravado, Brewer told the daily, “I haven’t ruled it out, and I’ve been encouraged by people —- legal scholars and other people —- that it’s probably something that I ought to pursue.”
Because the Arizona Constitution specifically limits governors to two terms, Brewer, 69, had talked about circumventing the perimeters, since her first term came by appointment after then-governor Janet Napolitano, left to join the Obama administration. Brewer tried to make the case that although she served two terms, one of them was not an elected term and shouldn’t count.
But such a bit of gimmickry would have required a legal challenge to the Arizona Constitution —- since state law clearly permits statewide-elected officials to serve only two consecutive terms. Article 5, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution states, “No member of the executive department after serving the maximum number of terms, which shall include any part of a term served, may serve in the same office until out of office for no less than one full term.”
Wannabe governor Christine Jones immediately jumped on the announcement by congratulating Brewer for her service. But odds favor Brewer, whose office is stacked high with McCain advisers, endorsing state treasurer Doug Ducey, another McCain ally. Ducey’s campaign website even boasts of their longstanding connection, revealing that he worked his way through ASU toiling at Hensley & Co., the local Anheuser-Busch distributorship owned by Cindy Hensley McCain.
Kyl’s already onboard with him. We’re betting McCain and Flake won’t be far behind.