So the Guv — at least according to a Republic story (here) today — is considering a run for a third term.
Even if that little old thing we call a state constitution might say otherwise.
We’ve heard these rumblings before, late last year. But now it seems she’s giving it a more serious look.
The big stumbling block, of course, is the clause in the constitution that says the following:
“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.”
Seems pretty clear cut: the key term in the clause is, well, “term — “which shall include any part of a term served.”
Some, though, believe there’s a way around this. Sayeth the Guv:
”I have been encouraged by people in the community — people whom I respect, and others whom I don’t even know — wanting me to look into what really constitutes a term.”
One of those is her former counsel, Joe Kanfield, who says the clause doesn’t apply to a governor who came to office through succession.
Well, maybe. But if he and the rest of Brewer’s Brains want to take a crack at it, get ready to see a lot of court time.
At the same time, though, it’s gotta be enticing. After all, name all of the Democrats who leap to mind as a candidate for the office.
Yeah, me neither. Hey, maybe Terry Goddard’s available. Again.
And on the Republican side, the only two who so far have expressed an interest are more than a little flawed:
Ken “I’m not a birther but I’m investigating Obama’s birth” Bennett, and the feckless AG Tom Horne, whose main goal seems to be not to rock the Republican Boat, do nothing that might be even remotely considered controversial.
Brewer, meanwhile, has positioned herself pretty nicely: She’s clearly a fiscal and social conservative, but not the craziest of the crazies. In comparison to the loons in the legislature, Brewer often is the voice of sanity. And that’s saying something.
I don’t believe she’ll be able to run for a third term, even if she wants to.
What’s scary is this, though: If we had to choose among Brewer, Horne, and Bennett, she’s the best.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.