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NYT: ‘Extreme’ Jan Brewer Will Not Run Again

From the New York Times:

Arizona Governor With Tough Immigration and Abortion Stands Won’t Run Again

By IAN LOVETT | March 12, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, a Republican whose approval of controversial measures on immigration and abortion have repeatedly put her in the national spotlight, announced Wednesday that she would not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might seek a third term…

The Times and the rest of the news media are trying to make it sound like Gov. Brewer is not going to run because of her having championed extreme and unpopular conservative positions on immigration and abortion. When in reality she is term limited.

But the media is trying to pretend that Brewer had plans to run. Even though she never once said she would run. And, in fact, all of the speculation about her running for a third term was based on a single comment from her former legal counsel. Who said there might be some ambiguity in the law in the case of someone who was not elected for both terms.

Even though the Arizona Constitution limits governors to two consecutive terms, Ms. Brewer had lately talked of finding a way around the term limits. She was Arizona’s secretary of state in 2009 when the governor at the time, Janet Napolitano, left to become President Obama’s Homeland Security secretary. Under the state’s succession rules, this meant that Ms. Brewer got the top job…

Ms. Brewer toyed with the idea of trying to stay in office, saying she could make a case in court that although she had served two terms, one of them was not an elected term, so it should not count.

Not quite. Back in November of 2012, Brewer told The Arizona Republic: “I haven’t ruled it out, and I’ve been encouraged by people — legal scholars and other people — that it’s probably something that I ought to pursue.” That’s the full extent of her ‘toying.’ The rest is made up by The Times.

In her five years in office, Ms. Brewer, 69, has presided over one of the more tumultuous legislative periods in the state’s history. She first emerged as a nationally polarizing figure in 2010 when she signed into law some of the nation’s toughest measures against illegal immigrants. In 2012, she signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. An appeals court struck the law down last year.

And it is because of this evilness she can’t run again. Who would vote for such an extremist, even in Arizona?

Late last month, Ms. Brewer was again in the national spotlight when the Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would have given business owners the right to invoke religion to refuse service to gays, lesbians and others. She vetoed the measure after a dramatic few days of speculation about what she would do…

Few who are involved in Arizona politics had expected Ms. Brewer to run again, given the court challenge that would most likely have followed…

In reality, back in December, Arizona’s chief election officer announced that Gov. Brewer’s tenure had to end in January 2015. So she is simply obeying the law. (Unlike Mayor Bloomberg and many other Democrats.)

Her decision has nothing to do with her ‘extreme’ positions on immigration and abortion. But why should the NYT pass up a chance to try to make it sound like conservatism is waning?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NYT: ‘Extreme’ Jan Brewer Will Not Run Again”

  1. canary

    What will Jan Brewer be doing that she chose to force Christians to practice things against their religion? Maybe she will now run for AZ School Superindedent.


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