Bennett might block Brewer's attempt at third term

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Ken Bennett By Jennifer Thomas Ken Bennett By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The state's top election official said Friday that he might block Gov. Jan Brewer from getting on the ballot in 2014 if she tries running for a third term.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett told 3TV that his office might not accept Brewer's re-election paperwork if she decides to test the Arizona constitution and run, again.

"I’m having to think through how this would work, would our office even accept the filing of paperwork that I believe on its face violates the constitution," Bennett said. "As she did, I raised my arm and swore to uphold the constitution of the U.S. and the State of Arizona."

Bennett was speaking on 3TV's Politics Unplugged, which tapes Friday afternoon but airs Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Brewer has openly talked about running for a third term even though the Arizona constitution limits statewide officials to just two terms in office. But Brewer's attorneys think there's a loophole that would allow her to run.

Brewer was Arizona's secretary of state when she became governor to serve out the final two years for Gov. Janet Napolitano who left in 2009 to become Secretary of Homeland Security in President Barack Obama's administration. Under the state constitution, that counts as a full term.

Brewer went on to win her first full term in 2010 and now the governor and her legal advisors believe the two term limit doesn't apply.

Brewer's former legal counsel, Joe Kanefield, has said in the past that voters didn't intend to count serving a term for someone else as a full one.

Brewer appointed Bennett to his current post in January 2009, shortly after taking over the governor's office.