Jan Brewer Threatens to Run for a Likely Unconstitutional Third Term (Again)

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Just over a year after stating she could probably run for a third term as governor if she wanted to, Governor Jan Brewer did it again.

Again, Brewer and her staff point to the section of the Arizona Constitution intended to prevent governors from getting a third term to justify the ability of Brewer to run for a third term.

The governor seems to think that since she took over for former Governor Janet Napolitano two years into a four-year term, it doesn't count against her.

Here's exactly what the Arizona Constitution says about term limits, in Article 5, Section 1, which was amended as approved by the voters as Proposition 107 in 1992:

"No member of the executive department shall hold that office for more than two consecutive terms. This limitation on the number of terms of consecutive service shall apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 1993. 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."

It would seem that the whole "any part of a term served" thing kind of ruins Brewer's theory.

Brewer's comments were made to the Arizona Republic this weekend, and essentially rehash the same theory she dropped in May of last year.

The state's Legislative Council analyzed the term-limit proposition in 1992 -- it seemed pretty clear in its eyes: "Service for any portion of a term would count as service for a full term."

The Legislative Council also spelled it out as "a maximum of two consecutive terms, which is eight years" in the analysis, just in case anyone got confused about it, since Brewer can't get elected for a term of just a couple more years.

Her spokesman Matthew Benson told us last year one of his theories of the law's intent was to prevent politicking by a governor resigning with a few days left in the term if that governor lost to the Secretary of State in an election. Since the Secretary of State is next in line for governor, that person would take over the days left in the term left over from the dick move by the resigning governor.

According to the "any part of a term served" line in the Constitution, it sounds like that would apply to any part, like one day, two years, or four years.

If there were no such thing as "part of a term," it probably wouldn't be in the Constitution.

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rockey_swanson
rockey_swanson

I personally think she is an idiot... BUT at least she stands up to the piece of s**t that's squatting in the White House and if it weren't for her we would already be annexed into Mexico. So.. yes I hope she does run again because the next one will probably be a liberal scum.

Rico Rodriquez
Rico Rodriquez

Yeah Jan, you can't run any more, The AZ constitutions says so. So quit trying to dupe us into another 4 years of your shit government..Russell Pierce is gone, soon Arpaio and if you keep it up you will be next...

Albert
Albert

She cant serve more than 2 terms... and it also states....
which shall include any part of a term served. Sorry... not eligible.

Cassandra Kowalik
Cassandra Kowalik

That's why I don't live in Arizona anymore. Her and sheriff joe and Andrew Thomas (I think that's his name) need to all get ousted! It's funny though, because it's the people of as that keep following her and supporting her. Wake up arizona!

jliven23
jliven23

Those people mentioned are the actual reason you left the state? What paradise did you opt for instead?

Reid
Reid

Normally, I say Brewer shouldn't run because anybody else would be better.

However, here, anyone who replaces her would without doubt, be worse.

Jan, please run again.

Just
Just

The worst thing of all is that she could win, and, I must say as much as I loathe Ms Drinkwine, I would rather have her over than dimwitted bigot Bennett, so, fight for your right to keep on messing up the state Janice, its not as if the voters here would actually vote for someone with a clue.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

What part of Article V Section I of the Arizona Constitution is unclear to GED Jan?

The article clearly states that the governor can serve only two terms, even if one of those terms is created by a governor who vacated the position for whatever reason.

If GED Jan runs for governor again, I'd be willing to bet that the Arizona Supreme Court puts a stop to it because of Article V Section I.

How much Johnnie Walker Blue Label have you been guzzling Drunkie Jan?  

Comanche
Comanche

Time to give that drunk bitch the boot.

Ross
Ross

Still time to put a Constitutional amendment on the November ballot?

Jon
Jon

When are you going to stop posting pictures of this Skeletor-wannabe alongside every article about her? I'm sure I speak for damn near everybody when I say I've seen enough of her ugly mug to last a lifetime!

Zona
Zona

In this damn state, someone like Jan probably could run for a third term.  Bleeh.

Beanohana
Beanohana

Right!  If they would even read the oath they took they could really learn something.

Scott
Scott

The governor's spokesman is, in a word, wrong.  If a governor tried to resign a day early to force the Secretary of State into a one-day term -- the Secretary of State could simply decline to be sworn in and let the Attorney General serve.  But in a Kingdom of Shallow Thinkers, our Governor could serve for life.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Oh Janice Christ! If you really want to save Arizona, do your part and resign.

Ken Bennett: Birther for Governor. Improvement over Jan?

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

Hell no. Bennett is just as bad as Jan, if not worse. Witness Bennett's campaign to force Obama off the ballot in AZ over his supposedly fake birth certificate, so his boy Mitt can carry the state. Maybe his hoping little Mittyboy will give him a nice cushy gig in Washington for bringing in AZ and helping him become POTUS (*shudder*).

At best, Bennett's manufactured birth certificate bullshit marks him as a craven politician with absolutely no spine and a giant, sucking black hole where his soul ought to be, licking the boots of the lowest-common-denominator garbage that is the birther movement in hopes of securing their votes for Gubner in two years (good luck with that.) At worst, Bennett is, like all birthers, a bred-in-the-bones racist, a weak and deeply insecure little white man who cannot stand the fact that his country is now run by one of thosee filthy, evil and inferior dark-skinned people. Facing the reality that the US will soon be a NON-WHITE NATION, a reality that Obama embodies, turns his stomach and makes his puny little brain explode, so he flails around desperately seeking some proof that Obama cannot really be the president, hence the made-up and manufactured slime of the birther movement.

And of course, let's not forget that both Brewer and Bennett have sex-offender spawn, sons who both should be rotting in prison but aren't, thanks to their politically connected parents. And these same people, who obviously failed miserably at raising their own children to be law-abiding members of society, have the damned gall to tell preach to the rest of us about morals and values and how we should live our lives. They preach "personal responsibility" while at the same time doing everything in their power to sheild their own little spawn from the consequences of the sexual assaults they committed. World-class hypocrites, both of them.

Brewer and Bennett are both as worthless as animal dung. Neither one is qualified to scrub toilets in the governor's office, much less serve as governor.  

Ana Mongoy
Ana Mongoy

wow... This woman thinks she's above the law..Enough!

jenna
jenna

 But she loves to talk about the "rule of law" wherever and whenever it suits her. After they sent her to grammar rehab, she had to stop saying "has done did" and replaced it with "rule of law", "rule of law". It's her fill in phrase  because she can't assemble a sentence.

Coz
Coz

All the politicians in Arizona think they are above the law.
Just ask them. The laws don't apply to them.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

The GOP in Arizona don't care about the state consitution, the US constitution, we are being for at least now a 1/3rd part of the state in a form of dictatorship, which can only happen if the other 2/3rds allows it, and apparently they might, time will tell!

Corey Miller
Corey Miller

That was Napolitano's term, Jan did not win that election. Her staff might want to remember when they first got the call from then Gov Napolitano office they knew it would be a one more term thing.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

I'd do Jan....in the butt.

Eric Nelson745
Eric Nelson745

Eeeeeeyew.... just the thought of..... doing Jan.... anywhere.... nasty!

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Well, it's clear Ms. Brewer and/or her handler don't (want to) obey our constitution.  Her ignorance in regard to our constitution alone, makes her unqualified for another term.

Coz
Coz

Does she ever ?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Of course Jan doesn't think that the rules should apply to her.  She's a Tea Party favorite, after all.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It's the last time she'll be able to make this kind of money so she doesn't want to let go of it.   However I believe she is of the age to receive her welfare money, otherwise known as her pension paid for by us plus medical insurance for the rest of her life.    She should just take her money and run.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's interesting that you refer to pension money as welfare. Pension is a part of job compensation and is normally paid by both the employer and employee over the entire term of employment.

Welfare, in my opinion, is only earned by being in the right country at birth and little or nothing has to be done to collect it.

I will agree that she needs to take her allotted pension and run, along with her husband of different titles.

Coz
Coz

Yes, far far away....

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