Attorney General Terry Goddard on March 12 submitted the signatures and $5 contributions needed to qualify as a Clean Elections candidate for the 2010 governor’s race.
Goddard, the lone Democratic candidate in the race, submitted about 8,500 petition signatures and more than 5,300 contributions of $5, according to his campaign. Once the Citizens Clean Elections Commission reviews and approves the submissions, Goddard will receive about $700,000 for his campaign.
The attorney general on March 11 announced that his filing at the Secretary of State’s Office would be part of a campaign event, but he called off the event and campaign staff filed the petitions and contributions the following afternoon. Campaign manager Rodd McLeod said the campaign held off on the event while it pored over paperwork to make sure everything was in order.
Goddard became the second gubernatorial candidate to file the contributions and signatures to qualify as a publicly funded candidate for the 2010 race. Incumbent Republican Gov. Jan Brewer qualified in February.
The Goddard and Brewer campaigns traded barbs following the attorney general’s filing. Brewer’s campaign taking shots at Goddard for not weighing in on the state’s budget crisis and staying quiet about how he will vote on the temporary sales tax increase that will go before voters on May 18. Goddard’s camp shot back at Brewer over her inability to get a balanced budget passed during the past 14 months.
“The news of Goddard’s filing comes during a week that Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republicans in charge struggled to finally pass an FY2010 budget plan that was required back in June 2009 – it was more than eight months overdue,” Goddard’s campaign said in a press release.