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AZ Audit Senate Liaison Ken Bennett Confirms He Will Continue in Current Role, Contrary To Earlier Reports

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Arizona audit Senate liaison Ken Bennett said Wednesday afternoon that he will be staying on in his current position after saying earlier in the day he would not.

In a text to The Western Journal, Bennett wrote that he and Senate President Karen Fann “are working on a joint statement,” which would be released later in the day or Thursday and include him “continuing as Senate liaison.”

Multiple media outlets had reported that Bennett was stepping down from his position.

Earlier Wednesday, the former Arizona secretary of State told Phoenix-based radio talk show host James T. Harris, “Right now I’m the liaison in name only. I don’t know if that makes me a LINO or what.”

“I won’t pretend to be part of a process, or pretend to be the liaison when I’m not,” he added, saying he would be putting out a statement regarding his resignation.

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However, multiple times during the interview Bennett stated he wanted to be part of putting together the final report.

“I’d really love to be part of making sure that the final report is put together with factual information and all substantiated,” Bennett said.

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“So I will absolutely be a part of helping vet the final report,” he added. “But not last minute.”

Senate President Karen Fann tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Bennett would be an “important part” of the final reports.

“The counting of the ballots is complete and they are being returned to Maricopa County. Now we wait for the draft and final reports. Ken Bennett will be an important part of those reports,” she wrote in response to Arizona Capitol Times reporter Dillon Rosenblatt’s tweet that Bennett was apparently no longer involved with the audit.

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Bennett had been barred from entering the audit location Friday after reportedly sharing 24 boxes of ballots to a separate auditing firm, KNXV-TV reported.

In a Tuesday statement, Fann referenced the matter of Bennett sharing information with someone outside of the audit.

“As Mr. Bennett was quoted in the media, ‘I shared some box counts of how many ballots were in each box, and that got leaked to the press and I apologized to Senate President Fann. I had promised that information would not be leaked to the press, but it indirectly got done, so that’s how I got barred from the audit,'” Fann’s statement read.

“It is irresponsible to disclose partial information to the media since they are not ‘confirmed’ facts until the audit is final,” the Senate president added. “This only leads to confusion and misinformation with the public. For that reason, it is imperative anyone working with the audit is required to adhere to the rules of not disclosing unconfirmed information.”

Fann concluded that with the “hands on” work complete, the analysis of the data collected will be the focus of the audit going forward.

“The voters deserve to know their votes are safe, secure and legally counted,” she said. “To that end, Ken Bennett will be involved and a vital part of the draft and final reports to ensure their accuracy with his knowledge and contributions throughout the audit process.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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