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In reversal, Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett says he will continue as liaison

Bennett said late Wednesday that he and Sen. Fann worked out an agreement in which he would stay on as liaison./State Press

By Jen Fifield | Arizona Republic

Senate liaison Ken Bennett testifies at the Senate hearing on the progress of the election audit in Maricopa County at the Arizona Senate in Phoenix, July 15, 2021.

The main person who has been overseeing the Arizona Senate’s review of Maricopa County election results said late Wednesday he will continue to stay on as liaison, walking back an initial statement in the morning that he would resign.

Ken Bennett, former secretary of state who has served as the Senate’s liaison, had told James T. Harris on KFYI on Wednesday morning that he will step down, in frustration at being denied access to the building where the audit is taking place and yet still being asked to continue to serve as the liaison.

“I won’t pretend to be part of a process, or pretend to be the liaison when I’m not,” Bennett told Harris.

He said late Wednesday that he and Fann worked out an agreement in which he would stay on as liaison. Under that agreement, he would be allowed back in the building and get information from the contractors the Senate has put in charge of the audit, Bennett said. He declined to share more about the agreement for now.

Fann said on Twitter on Wednesday that Bennett will be an “important part” of the draft and final reports. 

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