PHOENIX — Gov. Evan Mecham was officially notified Tuesday that he must resign by Saturday or run in a recall election, but a spokesman said the governor has no plans to quit.
Secretary of State Rose Mofford, a Democrat who would replace the Republican governor if he resigned or were removed, went to the governor's office to deliver a letter outlining his options.
Mecham, 63, also faces a criminal trial March 9 on charges of concealing a $350,000 campaign loan, and he faces possible impeachment by the state House, perhaps as soon as next week.
Mofford's letter told Mecham he has the right to submit a 200-word statement "defending your official conduct" that would be included on the recall ballot.