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Updated Dec 10, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Bennett: I never said I was going to ‘block’ Brewer

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Arizona Sec. of State Ken Bennett said he never spoke of “blocking” a possible attempt by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to run for a third term.

“I never used the word ‘block’ for her,” he told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos. “We are not sitting around thinking in anyway about how we might strategize to block the governor.”

Bennett said his office is simply focusing on the law and what it says about a governor running for a third term in Arizona.

“I read the [Arizona] Constitution, which says no member of the executive department shall hold that office for more than two consecutive terms,” he said, adding that a partial term counts as a full term and that a former governor must wait one full term before seeking reelection.

Bennett said he has not spoken with Brewer personally, but has informed her counsel that he does not see her possible reelection bid as legal.

Brewer has several options in front of her and Bennett said he is unsure of how she will proceed.

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