Arizona Capitol Times' "Best Government PR Person" Has Been Kiss of Job Death

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Laura Devany, a spokeswoman for state Senate Republicans, just won the Arizona Capitol Times "Best Government PR Person" award.

She'd better sharpen her resume.

The last two people picked for the award by Capitol Times readers, also both spokesman for Republican lawmakers, were fired from their posts.

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Nick Simonetta
Nick Simonetta, a spokesman for the Senate, was let go in 2006 by then-incoming Senate President Tim Bee just before hearing the newspaper's readers voted him the "best." And late last year, incoming House Speaker Kirk Adams gave the boot to another "best" pick, former news reporter Barrett Marson, who had served as spokesman for Jim Weiers.

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Barrett Marson

The newspaper honored the award recipients at a banquet last night, but hasn't posted a public link to its write-up yet.

Scroll down to the comments section for a link to the newspaper's article about the awards, courtesy of editor Matt Bunk.

The list of winners does contain at least one surprise: Newly sworn-in Governor Jan Brewer got dissed by Capitol Times readers, who put her in second place for best lunch date and best governor.

Janet Napolitano, who abandoned the state to take a position in President Obama's cabinet, is still the best, say the paper's readers.

(Note -- This article spelled Laura Devany's name incorrectly the first time around. We think we've got it right now. Sorry, Laura!)


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