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He said the group also would push the Justice Department to wrap up its 3-year-old investigation into suspected civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’ve heard they might postpone it until after the 2012 elections. We’re encouraging the Justice Department to finish the job — either serve the indictments or say the investigation is done,” said Mr. Snow. “But don’t just put it off for political reasons.”

Taking on the governor is another matter entirely. Recalling Mrs. Brewer would require collecting more than 432,000 valid signatures and assembling the resources to run a statewide campaign, a far larger undertaking than the Pearce recall.

“We’re just gauging interest in that. She hasn’t been quite as egregious — she’s more pragmatic than Arpaio or Pearce,” Mr. Snow said.

Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson noted that the governor was re-elected overwhelmingly in 2010, and has served in public office for more than 20 years.

“The governor’s focus is on leading the state of Arizona, and this talk of recall is just a sideshow,” said Mr. Benson. “The voters have always supported her. We’re not worried about it.”