Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and State Representative Kyrsten Sinema continue to make a mockery of Arizona's laws according to Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen. Reacting to a news conference in which the Chairman announced that the AZGOP was requesting Attorney General Goddard to investigate possible "resign-to-run" violations, the Attorney General and Kyrsten Sinema persisted with their dismissive attitude towards Arizona's "resign to run" law by characterizing the request as a "frivolous political stunt" and "typographical error."
Chairman Pullen yesterday requested Attorney General Goddard to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate his announcement of his intention to run for Governor of Arizona at a monthly meeting of the Grand Democrats in May and Kyrsten Sinema's public declaration in December of 2008 on her Facebook account.
"The reactions of Attorney General Goddard and Kyrsten Sinema are certainly not surprising, as neither want to give up their public paychecks," said Chairman Randy Pullen. "Calling for an investigation into possible violations of Arizona's 'resign to run' law by two of the state's leading Democrats is certainly not frivolous. Thumbing their nose at the very statues they write or enforce shows either ambivalence or ignorance. Either way, it is a serious problem."
"I find it troubling that a spokesperson for the top law enforcement official in the state and aspiring governor would characterize an official complaint of wrong doing as frivolous! I had hoped and expected for a more professional approach to these serious charges."
"People making a mistake and promptly correcting it is certainly understandable, but for Ms. Sinema to characterize her Facebook announcement as a 'typographical error' is ludicrous," continued the Chairman. "She clearly made the statement she was running for Senate in 2010 in December of last year, and after 6 months deleted it only after an Internet blogger took her to task. The only thing left for her to do is to file her nominating papers and buy yard signs. She obviously needs to resign and focus on her announced campaign for Senate."
"It is a shame that these two Democrats are still displaying this cavalier attitude towards these charges," said the Chairman. "Rather than making excuses, Mr. Goddard should immediately name a special prosecutor and get to the bottom of this. If he and Kyrsten Sinema expect Arizonans to abide by the laws they enact and are responsible for enforcing, so should they, even if they feel the laws are frivolous and don't apply to them."