Mark Brnovich, the Jerry Garcia of Arizona politics

Brnovich with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who encouraged Brnovich to challenge Tom Horne in the GOP primary.:/Brnovich campaign photo
Brnovich with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who encouraged Brnovich to challenge Tom Horne in the GOP primary.:/Brnovich campaign photo

By Stephen Lemons | Phoenix New Times

Save for his cast-bound right leg and the scooter next to him, which he uses to get around while recuperating from a recent bone-graft operation, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich looks like John Belushi in Animal House.

Maybe it’s the wiry black hair, dark features, and jovial persona. The comparison isn’t far off the mark. Belushi was of Albanian stock, and Brnovich’s parents, both ethnic Serbs, hailed from a similar part of the world, the former Yugoslavia.

Dressed casually in a T-shirt and jeans, drinking cup after cup of Diet Pepsi in a Mexican joint near the Paradise Valley Mall just a couple of days before Christmas, Brnovich explains why, on the campaign trail during the Republican primary, he sometimes described himself as “the Jerry Garcia of Arizona politics” to groups of GOPers.

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