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Symington bows out, backs Munger for governor

Fife Symington isn’t getting back into the gubernatorial arena. Instead, he said, the former governor is running vicariously through his friend John Munger. Symington on Oct. 8 announced that he is endorsing Munger, who recently filed to run for the ...

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Party like its 1990 – Symington vs. Goddard again? (access required)

Back in 1990, Arizonans witnessed a drawn-out fight for governor between two rising-stars: Fife Symington and Terry Goddard. Time magazine said of the contenders: "With his Jay Rockefeller looks, Jack Kennedy charm and squeaky-clean politics (he now refuses PAC money), Goddard has Democratic presidential hopeful written all over him." Calling Symington "the hope of the Republican middle," the article described him as having "the looks of a golf pro and the bankroll of a developer."

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Who saved whom?

Former Gov. Fife Symington's newfound interest in being governor has begged a number of questions about how his pardon from Bill Clinton came about in January 2001. It had been three-and-a-half years earlier that Symington had been convicted by a jury of using false statements to obtain loans, prompting his resignation

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Laughing off old times

Given former Gov. Fife Symington's newfound interest in running for governor, Yellow Sheet asked Gov. Jan Brewer if she thought Symington was a good governor - and whether she would like to see her fellow Republican returned to office. Her response...

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History on Brewer’s side – mostly

For everyone watching closely to see if the governor will choose to go into retirement next year or fight to stick around for a full term, she came closer to revealing her intentions this Sunday (Sept. 13) than she ever has. On Channel 12's Sunday Square Off, Brewer (the lone guest) told host Rick DeBruhl that she's "leaning" towards running.

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Symington’s revelation begs further study (access required)

Those of us in the Capitol Times newsroom just spent nearly an hour discussing Fife Symington's revelation to the Yellow Sheet that he is leaning toward a run for governor in 2010, and we can't come to a consensus about whether he's serious. Some of us believe he sincerely wants to run, and that he eventually will. Others, though, aren't so sure.

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Fife and friends part ways on Brewer

Former Gov. Fife Symington says he was stunned by Governor Brewer's call for an increase in the sales tax, and that has hurt her politically. So has her veto of the Republican budget last month, which didn't include a temporary sales tax increase of 1-cent.

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