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Bender quoted in 'State Press'

September 14, 2009

Professor Paul Bender of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law was quoted recently in an article in the State Press headlined "Goddard, Sinema accused of not 'resigning to run.'"

The Sept. 8 article by reporter Derek Quizon discussed Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen's claim that State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, and Attorney General Terry Goddard, both alumni of the College of Law, broke a voter-approved state law that prohibits elected officials from announcing their candidacy for one office while serving in another.

Bender, who teaches Arizona Constitutional law, said a "formal declaration of candidacy" would include announcements of campaign fundraising and the hiring of a campaign staff, which neither Goddard nor Sinema did.

Bender added that Pullen's accusations are nothing more than a political game.

"He's doing this to divert attention from other things, or he's doing it to be a nuisance to the Democrats," Bender said.

Read the entire article here.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law