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10th January
written by Sean Noble

 Ken Bennett


Incoming Governor Jan Brewer’s selection of Ken Bennett for Secretary of State is brilliant.  Not only does Bennett have a long and solid record of public service, he is smart, witty, personable and tireless.  In the 2010 election, he will be less Secretary of State and more “Vice-Governor”, running essentially as a running mate with Brewer – and they are a perfect electoral pair.

Bennett is the ideal surrogate for nearly every conceivable audience.  And I would expect he’s going to spend a fair amount of time on the road for the next two years. 

If anyone has any doubt about Brewer running for a full term in 2010, this appointment provides the clarity.  I know, she can’t actually talk yet about running in 2010 – she hasn’t even ascended to the 9th floor officially, but the course has been mapped out, and it’s a straight line to the 2010 ballot.

Obviously, the selection of Bennett isn’t going to be much of a surprise to anyone.  He was on every speculators short list.  But it shows the Brewer is going to be governing from a position of strength, and she’s not afraid to have a strong, conservative leader standing next to her.

I was privately cheering for Bennett (I say privately, because no one really asked my opinion).  And since that cheering worked, I’m going to continue cheering for Rusty Bowers to be tapped as Director of Department of Environmental Quality.  Now that would send some shockwaves…

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