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DeWit says work for Trump won’t detract from doing state job

July 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit says his work for the state won’t suffer by his becoming chief operating officer for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, serving as a volunteer without pay.

A Republican, DeWit has headed Trump’s presidential campaign in Arizona. He was elected in 2014 as treasurer, a $70,000-a-year position in which he serves as the state’s banker and chief investment officer.

“I’m just trying to get across that I can easily do both these things at the same time,” DeWit said Wednesday during an interview after the Trump campaign announced his appointment.

“The only people that will notice are my family because I’ll be a very busy guy,” said DeWit, who is married and has three children. “My time with the family will suffer, but Arizona won’t notice and I will do a very good job for the campaign. I can easily handle both roles.”

Trump’s campaign said DeWit will run the campaign’s administrative and organizational operations.

DeWit said he’s already been helping the campaign.

“The campaign is in a growth phase post-convention, and we wanted to formalize the role to a degree as we work to bring in more people and ramp up for the general election in just over three months.”

DeWit said he’ll continue to work for the Trump campaign as a volunteer and that he doesn’t yet know how much time or travel will be required.

DeWit said he can’t and won’t be doing campaign work from his state office. “There are campaign offices in Arizona as there are around the nation, so I’ll be helping from there,” he said.

Asked whether he’d want a job in a Trump administration if the Republican nominee wins the November general election, DeWit said he loves being state treasurer “and I can answer (the question) once we get him elected.”

DeWit announced in April that he won’t run for re-election in 2018.

Trump’s campaign said state Rep. Phil Lovas of Peoria will succeed DeWit as the campaign’s Arizona manager.

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