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Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson leaving post


Former Sen. Jon Kyl's communications director and spokesman is taking on the same role for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as the governor's current spokesman departs for a private industry job.

Andrew Wilder worked for Kyl as press secretary and communications director from 1999 until last year. He worked on the 2012 campaign of now-Sen. Jeff Flake and joined the state Corrections Department as communications director in April.

He's replacing Brewer press aide Matthew Benson. Benson is leaving for a job with the lobbying, public relations and business development firm Veridus LLC in Phoenix. He'll serve as a director and specialize in communications and public affairs.

The communications director oversees all of Brewer's media contacts and serves as her chief spokesman.

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