Thursday, December 17, 2009

So Much for Resign-To-Run

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Espresso Pundit is going to be so disappointed.

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall has released on opinion on whether anyone—Democrats Terry Goddard, Kysten Sinema and Daniel Patterson or Republicans John Huppenthal and Ray Barnes—violated Arizona's Resign to Run law with their ambitions for higher office.

LaWall said none of them did. Telling a group you were planning on running, gathering signatures, establishing committees, setting up a Facebook page—none of these things constitute a violation that would force someone out of office.

Most amusing was Patterson, who merely said he wanted to run for the same office. Who would have ever thought that would qualify as a violation?

Here's the decision for you lawyers to look over: resigntorun.pdf

We liked this part about Sinema and Facebook:

"At one point in the interview, Representative Sinema further stated that she did not think she herself had created the politician page, but she was aware that in December, 2008, 'something had been created,' referring to the politician page."

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