by Jim Nintzel
Democrat Felecia Rotellini wants another shot at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Rotellini, who lost to current Attorney General Tom Horne by less than 4 percentage points in 2010, officially filed as a candidate this morning for a run for AG.
“I want to return the focus of the AG’s Office to prosecuting crime and criminals and protecting Arizonans,” Rotellini says. “The Attorney General’s Office should not be in the business of politics but in the business of protecting and serving.”
Rotellini, who has worked as a prosecutor in the AG’s Office under Republican Grant Woods and Democrats Janet Napolitano and Terry Goddard and as superintendent of the State Banking Department in the Napolitano administration, tells the Weekly she wanted to get an early start on the campaign.
“I want to build a campaign, gather the endorsements and raise the money I need to raise to get my message out,” Rotellini says.
She has tapped Richard Carmona, the former U.S. surgeon general and 2012 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, as a campaign chair.
“I’m honored to have him as my campaign chair,” Rotellini says. “He exemplifies the kind of hard-working public servant and problem solver that I aspire to be as well.”
Rotellini, who raised nearly $700,000 for her 2010 campaign, will not be using the state’s Clean Elections program.
“Clean Elections simply does not provide sufficient funds to run the type of robust campaign that needs to run statewide,” she says.
Whether she’ll face a Democratic primary remains to be seen. Goddard, who lost a gubernatorial bid in 2010 after serving two terms as AG from 2002 to 2010, is seriously contemplating a run for the AG’s office as well.
Horne is eligible to seek a second term, but is facing political and legal troubles.