Jan Brewer is the outgoing Governor of Arizona. Thank God for “outgoing.” Her final act as Governor, extinguishing any doubt that she’s a conservative, was to threaten the legislature that she would veto every piece of legislation they passed until they agreed to the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion in Arizona. It passed by a narrow margin.
As background, Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when President Obama appointed Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security. Arizona does not have a Lt. Gov., and the SoS is constitutionally next in line. Brewer was reasonably competent SoS, it’s a government administrative job and really isn’t political. She stepped into the Governor’s office with about two years remaining in the term and showed herself to be a disaster. She’s never met a problem government money couldn’t fix.
When she came up for election in 2010 she had three primary challengers, was running third and fading fast when SB1070, the Arizona immigration challenge was passed. Brewer had no input into the drafting of the legislation and she used no political clout to get it passed. She sat on the legislation until the final day to sign it, and when she walked out on the stage with her pen no one knew if she would sign it or veto it. She signed it.
Her political handlers turned that into a victory with the low information Republican voters – the same ones who vote for John McCain and Jeff Flake – and she won reelection.
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