Is McCain in violation of AZ Constitution?Submitted by momof6 on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 00:36
I just started reading the AZ Constitution, and part deals with term limits for US Senate and House seats for those from Arizona. If I read it (Article VII, section 18) correctly, a Senator can only serve for two consecutive terms. After that, he needs to run for something else or take a break equivalent to the length of one term.
Here is the text:
Term limits on ballot appearances in congressional elections
The name of any candidate for United States Senator from Arizona shall not appear on the ballot if, by the end of the current term of office, the candidate will have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that office for two consecutive terms, and the name of the candidate for United States Representative from Arizona shall not appear on the ballot if, by the end of the current term of office, the candidate will have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that office for three consecutive terms. Terms are considered consecutive unless they are at least one full term apart. Any person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy in the United States Congress who serves at least one half of a term of office shall be considered to have served a term in that office for purposes of this section. For purposes of this section, terms beginning before January 1, 1993 shall not be considered.
Added election Nov. 3, 1992
Does anyone know? I haven't been in Arizona long enough to know if he ran unopposed as a write-in for his last two elections, but it seems unlikely he could be elected twice without his name on the ballot. I guess in a dream world, we could just recall him and elect Barry Goldwater JR. or someone else more accountable to their constituents and the Constitution in a special election to fill the remaining term.