January 2, 1917

[Ex?]-Gov. Hunt not budging

George W. P. Hunt formally handed Thomas Campbell, the newly elected governor of Arizona, a typewritten document, dated Jan. 2, refusing to give Campbell possession of the executive office.

Hunt had signed it and had identified himself as “governor of Arizona,” The Arizona Republican reported.

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This came after Campbell’s second and formal demand upon Hunt for possession of the office.

E.S. Ives, chief counsel for Hunt, offered to take the issue to trial on the basis of the ballots thus far inspected [see below], but like other offers, this one was rejected by Campbell’s lawyer, Richard Sloan, a former territorial governor and federal judge.

Hunt not budging

Since he could not get into the executive offices, Campbell set up at his home, which was not at the capitol grounds, but “sufficiently near to be handy,” the Republican said.

Who’s who in Arizona

The state auditor and treasurer remained neutral, saying they would not transact any business requiring the governor’s signature until after the court hearing later in the week.

But to add to the confusion, Gov. Campbell began appointing officials. “How the tax commission of Arizona will organize on its first meeting, said to be called for Jan. 4, is a mystery,” the Phoenix newspaper said.

Hunt had not appointed a new tax commissioner to succeed the former one, who happened to be Campbell. But Campbell appointed Rudolph Kuchler to that office. He was a prosperous rancher who was president of the Arizona Taxpayers’ Association.

Campbell named a handful of others to office as well, but held off on most of the vacancies. “There may be some interesting times if two boards of control attempt to meet to transact the same business,” the Republican commented.

“It is generally believed, however, that no state business requiring the presence of either claimant to the governorship will be done until there is an expression by the courts regarding the mandamus brought by Judge Sloan against Mr. Hunt.”

The governors meet

The Republican, which billed itself at the time as “an independent progressive journal,” noted that in the meeting between Hunt and Campbell, “the office was graced by the presence of several of the radical laborites, but they took no part in the parley.” These men went unnamed.

The newspaper said that Campbell and Sloan were met by Hunt and his secretary, L.A. Ladd. “The ex-governor was palpably nervous, and instead of taking much part in the conversation, kept patting Campbell’s shoulder and talking about having a fair and equitable determination of the issue.”

Ladd acted as his spokesman.

In the letter Hunt gave to Campbell, he referred to the “gross misrepresentations to which I have been subjected recently by the newspapers who are championing your cause.”

Hunt wrote that his “only purpose is to proceed with all possible dispatch to terminate the dispute and to abide in all respects with the law.”

Meanwhile, ballot inspection continued with the inspection by three boards, the newspaper said.

With about half recounted, the Democrats said Hunt had gained another 96 votes, while the Republicans gave him a gain of only 1.

 

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