The biggest lingering question of the 2010 governor’s race – whether state Treasurer Dean Martin will challenge incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer in the Republican primary – will finally be put to rest on Wednesday.
Martin will make an announcement regarding his political future at a press conference at an abandoned Motorola plant, according to campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Foster. Foster would not say whether Martin will seek the governorship, but said, “I’m sure it’s one of the worst kept secrets.”
“He is definitely going to make a major announcement about his political future, and he’ll put to rest all the questions,” Foster said.
When asked whether Martin would be making his announcement with such fanfare if he were only seeking reelection as treasurer, Foster responded, “Well, you never know. There’s a lot going on right now for sure. But we’ve definitely seen the blogs and he’s certainly had the direct questions asked of him. But he’s going to answer everybody’s questions and spend some time clearing some things up.”
If he runs for governor, Martin would join an already crowded GOP field. Former regent and Arizona Republican Party Chairman John Munger, Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker and Owen “Buz” Mills, a businessman and National Rifle Association board member, have already announced their intention to challenge the incumbent governor, whose call for a temporary sales tax increase has made her unpopular with many conservatives.
Martin would not comment on his upcoming announcement on Jan. 11 at the governor’s State of the State address, saying only that “it’s the governor’s day.”