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Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson leaving post

PHOENIX — Former Sen. Jon Kyl’s communications director and spokesman is
taking on the same role for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as the governor’s current
spokesman departs for a private industry job.

Andrew Wilder worked for Kyl as press secretary and communications director
from 1999 until last year. He worked on the 2012 campaign of now-Sen. Jeff Flake
and joined the state Corrections Department as communications director in April.

Wilder is replacing Brewer press aide Matthew Benson. Benson is leaving for a job
with the lobbying, public relations and business development firm Veridus LLC in
Phoenix. He’ll serve as a director and specialize in communications and public
affairs.

The communications director position oversees all of Brewer’s media contacts and serves
as her chief spokesperson.

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