Jan Brewer Still Hasn't Made Up Her Mind on Run for Unconstitutional Third Term

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Matthew Hendley
Governor Jan Brewer


Governor Jan Brewer still hasn't made up her mind on whether she's running for a likely unconstitutional third term.

We say "likely unconstitutional" because the Arizona Constitution says a governor can't hold office "for more than two consecutive terms," and we're under the impression three is more than two.

See also:
-Jan Brewer May Actually Be Serious About Running for Third Term

Fox News' Greta Van Susteren was the latest person to get a definitive answer on Brewer's intentions for next year, since Brewer has been claiming since early 2011 that it's possible for her to run for governor again.

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

Here's exactly what the state Constitution says:
"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."
That whole "any part of a term served" part seems like it should be clear enough.

One opinion that's been given to Brewer is that you have to be elected to a term. Thus, when she took over for Napolitano, she wasn't serving a term -- she was just doing, you know, governor stuff or whatever.

And for some reason, Brewer keeps threatening the third term. At least, she won't rule it out.

Here's the transcript from that part of the conversation between Van Susteren and Brewer yesterday:
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, there in governor -- in Arizona, the governor has two terms, but you filled Janet Napolitano, who was governor, became secretary of homeland security, so it's unclear whether that counts or not. But I'm curious, do you intend to run for reelection as governor?

BREWER: Well, I haven't made up my mind yet. I've got lawyers telling me that I could, if I chose to. I have plenty of time. I usually have never announced that I was running until maybe February before the election. I got a job to do. I got plenty of time.

VAN SUSTEREN: Which way are you leaning?

BREWER: I love my job, though.

VAN SUSTEREN: Which way are you leaning?

BREWER: I love my -- I love my job!

VAN SUSTEREN: So is that a hint?

BREWER: I don't know if that's a hint or not, but I do enjoy my job, I really do, and I think that I've done a good job for the state of Arizona.

VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, always nice to see you. Thank you for joining us.
If you take a look at the video, this exchange was much more awkward than it reads in a transcript.

It kind of sucks for all the other Republicans who'd like a shot at being governor, but they'll have to wait some more to see if they'll have a shot.

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163 comments
TheBarryHess
TheBarryHess

I hope she does run.  For me, she's the best choice the Republicans could possibly make.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

NO! it's Unconstitutional, so I wouldn't be surprised if she tries to snake her way in again.

Suzanne Dobbs
Suzanne Dobbs

Mayor Greg Stanton is having an investigation done on corrupt cops, but wouldn't my evidence be helpful? Shouldn't the victim be contacted versus ignored? I am sharing this over the internet as City of Phoenix citizens demand justice in AZ! Justicia! Justice! City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton must not have liked my posts requesting his assistance in stopping police corruption in Phoenix. Instead of responding he has now blocked me from posting. He posted he asked for an investigation, but why not see my evidence? I have already solved the crime, but the Mayor must not want his crooked cops to do their time! I told him that I wanted a meeting with him and the Chief of Police and told him about evidence, but the Mayor must be too busy or too corrupt to do his job as Mayor of Phoenix. What else am I supposed to think? He simply does not care or does care but cares for the side of corruption. Please copy this post and share with your friends and have them share it also. We demand justice in AZ! Justicia! Justice! Justicia! Justice!

Jacqueline Aragon
Jacqueline Aragon

If Arizona had more jobs to offer everyone! Perhaps she wouldn't be so afraid to loss her job. ;) js

Sue White
Sue White

Make the scary bitch, Er, witch, go away!

Mary Jo Howes
Mary Jo Howes

I say yes - the Constitution is being violated daily by the feds - I say YES -

RuthnTony Arrington
RuthnTony Arrington

i dont know, i believe she ended acsess for adults without ,dependents,cut this way to soon.

Carmen Aranda-Chavez
Carmen Aranda-Chavez

For someone who is always screaming about constitutionallity she is going against her own words?But then again she is not the brightest star in the sky is she?

Mahatma Hemry
Mahatma Hemry

Everything has gone so well, why wouldn't she?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

There is nothing unconstitutional about Brewer running for a third term. If she were one of your picks, you'd tell her to run by all means and would not question anything but since she is not, anything to cry fowl..

Tim Hall
Tim Hall

We the people if AZ want our voices heard - so Gov Brewer listen carefully: "Hell No!" (Picture me standing directly in front of her - face to face waving my index finger back and forth and saying "Hell No!" over and over again.

False Bobby
False Bobby

Just hope she doesn't win..enough hate..don't need her..evil

Rita Mary
Rita Mary

Oh heaven help us! I'm sure she's a very nice neighbor, likes animals and loves children but AZ is no longer a Wild West state. We need a governor who governs and really cares for all the people, not just big business and her political contributors.

Bill Brothers
Bill Brothers

not unlike a general who studies his enemy to bend them to his will...

Michael Williams
Michael Williams

lol...Obama is an expert in Constitutional Law....and I suppose you know more than him...??

Beverlie Mercurio Berry
Beverlie Mercurio Berry

Oh hell Noooooooooo! How many different times does this woman ignore the Constitution??

Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

Typical neo republican; really into the constitution and their horsesh*t morality until it conflicts with their agenda

Ted Bohnert
Ted Bohnert

Hell yes... she has my vote!! Best Governor we have had in a LONG time.

Folksinger
Folksinger

What part of 2 terms do they not understand? This is her 2nd term PERIOD.

FuckJoeArpaio
FuckJoeArpaio

@JoeArpaioFanHey dickhead. Since when do they hire constitutional scholars to clean bathrooms at BK?  You know what else is just cracking me up today? It is the fact that you, you fucking douche bag, promised everyone the 9 dreamers would never be allowed back in to the USA.  Well, we all know you were completely wrong again, you fucking loudmouth jerk.  Fuck You JoeArpioFan, oh, and Fuck Joe Arpaio! 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan So, like Brewski, you can't read or count past 2!  Thanks for proving it (again)

hapstone2
hapstone2

@Rita Mary Well gee Rita  - there seems to be a real connection between businesses and "all the people" ... called employment  ... and to the best of my knowledge no one calls the governor to ask if they can hire someone - so it seems shes pretty much out of the picture right away  ... 

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