By Rogue Juan
Ken Bennett recently announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Arizona in 2018.
Besides the fact that Ken Bennett is a bland and boring man who took 4th place in a run for Governor in 2014, he really isn’t a conservative.
Bennett was the Senate President during Governor Janet Napolitano’s reign. He was known to either be rolled by his own Senate members in support of Napolitano’s bloated budgets or to cave-in directly to Napolitano’s pressure. The Bennett/Napolitano budgets put Arizona in a world of financial hurt when the recession hit in 2008-2009.
But Napolitano bailed on her Governor’s post in order to head up Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. Secretary of State Jan Brewer succeeded Napolitano as Governor and Bennett was appointed to Secretary of State where he served the remaining term and was re-elected to the post in 2010. Four years later, he pursued the Republican nomination for Governor.
In the past few years since leaving office, Bennett has unsuccessfully run for Governor (2014) and placed fourth in a congressional race (2016) in a district in which he did not live.
After he lost the congressional primary, he publicly sought a government job from Governor Ducey and quietly, a position with Arizona House Speaker JD Mesnard.
Finding himself unemployed and a twice losing candidate, Bennett must now believe that a run for Governor may return him to political relevancy. Conservatives should be wary of Bennett. His record is not one he will easily be able to defend in a Republican Primary election.