Former Grand Canyon State attorney general Grant Woods told me Friday afternoon that he has no plans right now to endorse either Republican Mark Brnovich or Democrat Felecia Rotellini for his old job.
“I have no plans to endorse at the moment,” Woods told me in an exclusive phone interview. “Right now, I am very active in the governor’s race. I care a lot about the attorney general race, but I don’t need to be involved with them all.”
Woods told me his decision not to endorse isn’t absolute.
“I don’t want either one attacked personally,” he said. “If I started seeing either side running a campaign that is super unfair, maybe I will change my mind.”
As I noted earlier today, Woods endorsed Rotellini in 2010 in what turned out to be a failed bid for AG.
He told me today he had hired both of them for different jobs under his jurisdiction while he was attorney general. He said that has not changed his opinion of Rotellini since his endorsement last time around.
“Nothing has changed in that regard.” Woods quickly added: “I also think Mark is a good lawyer, he has had a nice career thus far, and if elected he would do a nice job.”
He emphasized: “I have nothing but positive things to say about either of them.”
I asked Woods if he was concerned that staying silent on the race, given his past endorsement of Rotellini, might imply support for Brnovich.
“I understand that concern, and I know that is something [Rotellini] is concerned about. But, if anyone asks me about that, I will tell them the same thing I told you.”