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Bennett says he’s regained control of audit Twitter account

By: - May 12, 2021 4:25 pm

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett walks the floor at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where he served as spokesman and liaison for an election audit ordered by Senate Republicans. Photo by Michael Meister | Arizona Republic/pool

The official Twitter account for the Senate’s election audit is back under audit officials’ control after spokesman Ken Bennett handed control of the account to unknown volunteers.

For much of the time since the audit began, its Twitter account raised eyebrows with inflammatory tweets and outlandish statements, for example, referring to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a vocal critic of the audit, as “Kooky Katie” and insisting that it represented “the greatest audit in the history of the galaxy.”

Bennett, a spokesman and “liaison” for the audit, has told reporters over the past week that the Twitter account was being run by “kind of a committee” of volunteers and that it had “kind of gone down a road I’m not supportive of.” He said he’d been working on reining in the person or people running the account, but had been having trouble retaking control of it.

On Wednesday, Bennett told media pool reporters that the Twitter account was back under audit officials’ control. He wouldn’t say who is now tweeting from the account, and again would not say who controlled it before.

“I’ve been telling people for days we were working on that issue, and that’s resolved now,” Bennett said. “I’ve told you before who it was. It was volunteers. And that’s still accurate.”

Bennett is now referencing the audit’s Twitter feed as a source for official statements. After Hobbs said observers representing her office found a router connected to a server on the audit floor at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Bennett on Wednesday responded to questions by pointing to a statement on the audit feed stating that the router’s WiFi wasn’t enabled, and that audit officials are willing provide access and passwords if an investigation is needed. 

The audit’s Twitter feed didn’t say why the router was connected to the server, and Bennett said he didn’t know why either. 

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”