A Chandler resident filed legal papers late Friday to recall Gov. Jan Brewer.
In a formal statement giving the reasons, Tommi Pryor said Brewer is guilty of "gross mismanagement'' of state finances. It claims that the cuts in health, welfare and education program "could have been avoided with bipartisan cooperation and willingness to consider alternate proposals.''
It also cites the decision by the Legislature, backed by Brewer, to eliminate coverage for certain transplants for individuals enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program. And Brewer now wants to scale back eligibility for the AHCCCS program to eliminate care for about 280,000 of the approximately 1.2 million enrolled.
Calls and messages left at various sites for Pryor were not immediately returned.
Backers need 432,021 valid signatures by May 28 to force an election, a figure based on 25 percent of the people who voted in the last gubernatorial election.
State Elections Director Amy Bjelland said politicians in statewide office generally are immune from recall within the first six months of their terms.
She said, though, that applies only from the time the person took office. While Brewer was inaugurated earlier this month for a full term, she actually became governor two years earlier after Janet Napolitano resigned.
It was not immediately clear whether Pryor is the prime mover behind the recall or simply running the campaign for someone else. She is listed as the founder of American Information Marketing, a limited liability company which helps political committees target their messages, raise money and identify prospective voters.
Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson said the governor has no comment.