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  Embattled [AZ] treasurer won't seek re-election
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Last EditedArmyDem  Feb 24, 2006 12:51pm
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MediaNewspaper - Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
News DateThursday, February 23, 2006 06:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRobbie Sherwood and Chip Scutari
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 23, 2006 12:00 AM

State Treasurer David Petersen announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election. That announcement came one day after word that the Attorney General's Office is investigating possible allegations of wrongdoing against Petersen.

Five people with knowledge of the investigation confirmed Tuesday and Wednesday that the Arizona Attorney General's Office has seized a computer and other documents from Petersen's office. One of the sources said there could be a court action by the end of the week.

Petersen was not available for comment Tuesday, but on Wednesday, he put out a short statement that made no mention of the investigation.

"I'm sure the next treasurer will benefit from the experience and dedication of the staff at the treasury," Petersen said.

Petersen's chief of staff, Tony Malaj, did not deny there is an investigation and that the Attorney General's Office had taken documents from the office. His only statement about the investigation was: "It is not a public matter. It's not something that's out there for public consumption."
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