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Brewer, Symington join Taylor Robson campaign for Arizona governor

Republicans Fife Symington and Jan Brewer will serve as co-chairs of Taylor Robson’s gubernatorial campaign, it was announced Monday.

“Gov. Brewer and Gov. Symington truly embody what it means to put conservative principles into action,” Taylor Robson said in a press release.

“I cannot think of two conservative leaders better equipped than Govs. Brewer and Symington to lead my campaign for Arizona governor, and I am proud and humbled to have their support.”

Taylor Robson, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and a seasoned political fundraiser, entered the race in May. She is the founder and president of Phoenix-based land use strategy company Arizona Strategies.

Read the full article on KTAR.com.

Outlaw Dirty Money gets a big lift from a Republican governor

Former Republican Gov. Fife Symington confirmed that he’s endorsing the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative.

“I just feel it’s out of control,” he told me, referring to dark money spending on Arizona’s political campaigns.

Symington is the highest-profile Republican yet to support turning the lights on Arizona’s campaign-finance system.

Read Laurie Robert’s full op-ed piece here.

Fife Symington, Paul Johnson on life after Arizona politics

The Think Tank show on KTAR News hosted a free-ranging discussion with former Governor Fife Symington, as well as former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson and political consultant Chuck Coughlin.

We cover life after politics, their personal friendship, comity in politics and their post-political careers (they each have them). Oh, and it wasn’t possible to keep politics entirely out of the conversation. We discuss charter schools (which first became a big issue in the state during Symington’s term of office) and a few other issues. But with civility.

Listen to the podcast:

AZ Republic: Symington is still looking for his legacy

The Arizona Republic ran a long feature story on Governor Symington, with an in-depth look at the development of his culinary school and his adjustment to life after politics.

But he thinks he could win again. Symington believes his record is strong, and shakes off the idea that his past could be a burden. He assumes most voters would remember that he was pardoned, that his legal slate has been wiped clean, but also knows a political opponent would likely use it against him.

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It’s a nice thought, but there’s so much he’d have to risk, so much he’d have to give up. He found happiness in irrelevance. He cooks impossible dishes and tears through history books and pesters his friends with political gossip. Symington splits time between Santa Barbara — in what he calls “the Socialist Republic of California,” where his wife, Ann, lives — and Phoenix, where he’ll never leave. His kids are their own successes. Really, he’s fine with all of it.

Read the full article here.

Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington mulls over 2020 Senate run

KNXV ABC15 is carrying a brief AP story on former Governor Symington’s consideration of running in the 2020 special election:

Symington told the Arizona Capitol Times that while he’s interested in the prospect, he’s also torn because he has grown comfortable being out of the political spotlight.

But Symington says he is encouraged by the idea that he might get a chance to run against former Attorney General Grant Woods.

Read the rest of the article here.