State Capitol News
12:18 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Brewer Has Financial Leg-Up Over Goddard in Governor's Race

Phoenix, AZ – Both candidates are campaigning with public dollars. That means
each gets slightly more than $1 million for the general election.
But nothing in the law precludes outside groups from spending
money independelty on their behalf. The Republican Governors
Association has put $1.1 million into its Arizona account. RGA
spokesman Mike Schrimpf said there's a reason for that big
deposit.

(As a function of Arizona's campaign finance law, when we
established our Arizona PAC it made sense to transfer money into
it at that time, which gives us the greatest flexibility both
within Arizona and outside.)

Schrimpf said if Brewer keeps up her lead over Goddard the party
can move the money elsewhere. By contrast, the Democratic
Governors Association has put just $1,400 into its Arizona
account. Goddard said he doesn't know if the organization is
going to do more.

(The decisions they're making right now are going to be heavily
influenced by two big states: Florida and California. What I'm
hearing is if they play in either one or both, the rest of the
country can basically go for it by themselves because they're not
going to have any national assistance.)

Goddard is trying to make up ground against Brewer by challenging
her to six debates. But Brewer campaign aide Doug Cole said then
incumbent won't make any such commitment beyond the one debate
she's legally required to participate in by virtue of taking
public dollars.

(We will do the televised Clean Elections debate on Sept. 1. And
we will continue to campaign all around the state just as the
governor has been doing.)

Cole said any future debates will be decided after that. But he
insisted that Brewer's willingness to face Goddard will have
nothing to do with whether her double-digit lead over him in the
polls starts to shrink. For Arizona Public Radio this is Howard
Fischer.