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‘Arizona’s Legacy’ to the rescue

Arizona’s Legacy, an IE committee formed today (May 1), will be Brewer’s political arm and will function to support the governor’s efforts over the next few years, consultant and longtime Brewer ally Chuck Coughlin told our reporter. “The cavalry’s coming over the hill,” he said, explaining that the committee will be active “on efforts that are strategically important to her.”

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Time to call the collection agency

The 2012 campaign is long over, but the Open Government Committee’s campaign debt lives on. According to campaign finance reports, the committee, which led the charge for Prop 121, ended the cycle with $502,000 in outstanding debt, about $405,000 of which is owed to the consulting firm Riester – none of which has been paid back.

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You must be joking

One GOP consultant said he was completely baffled by Thomas’ decision to run for governor. “Has this guy gone completely insane?” the source asked. While Thomas believes he was wronged and unfairly targeted for disbarment for politically motivated reasons, the source said he’s got no chance of convincing other people of that.

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Preemptive strike

Barber’s campaign this morning jumped on comments made by Martha McSally about being approached to run for several offices, calling it “politics at its worst.”

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Sifert: It’s natural

Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert today downplayed the party’s March fundraising, saying that the low numbers are just “part of the natural fundraising cycle.” He said the party made a big fundraising push in January, which also increased February revenues, before trailing off in March.

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You’re running for what?

The instant analysis from GOP politicos is that Melvin has little or no chance of winning. One Republican consultant said Melvin won’t have the money to build up his name ID much, noting that the fundraising disparity will probably be especially high if the state’s new contribution limits hold up in court.

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Clear the way

Dem blogger, former lawmaker and DuVal supporter Tom Prezelski wants Campbell to bow out of the governor’s race. In an “open letter” to Campbell posted on Rum, Romanism and Rebellion yesterday (April 18), Prezelski laid out his arguments for why it would be best for the House Dem leader, who has yet to officially file his candidacy for governor, to stay out.

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