Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I noticed that a recent AZFactCheck at the Arizona Republic, The issue: The gubernatorial candidates' position on Medicaid expansion, repeated something that Governor Jan Brewer's publicist, Howard Fischer, has managed to work into his reporting on the governor at every opportunity, to wit:
Brewer herself is still considered a potential gubernatorial candidate. She is expected to announce in February whether she'll challenge the state's term-limit laws. Arizona law permits statewide-elected officials to serve only two consecutive terms. Article 5, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution states, â€œNo 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."
But Brewer and private attorney Joe Kanefield, a friend of Brewer's, have said there is "ambiguity" in that passage, saying the legal question centers on the definition of "term." Kanefield has said drafters were referring to a governor who was elected to a term and not a governor who inherited the office by succession. Brewer was not elected to the office in 2009, but ascended to the seat when then-Gov. Janet Napolitano resigned her seat to join President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
There are twelve days left in February. So what's it going to be, Guv, yes or no? Time to announce.