The Corner

GOP Governor Pickup

If Napolitano does take the DHS job, her successor will be Arizona’s Republican Secretary of State, Jan Brewer. Geraghty relates these thoughts from a state party source:

Since Arizona is experiencing a budget crisis, how much of this was a desire to “get out of town” before a meltdown ruins her reputation? … We will now have a Republican governor because the Secretary of State is Jan Brewer. Since we control both of the houses of the legislature, a lot of bills that were vetoed by Napolitino will probably pass. Personally I can’t imagine the Dems giving up a governor’s mansion.

 

The Democrats have lost their best candidate in Arizona.  Napolitano was a canny politician who knew how to outflank the GOP.  I think going to Washington and taking up Homeland security will not be a boon to her future political career. Several Republicans were lining up to run for governor in 2010.  With Jan Brewer as an incumbent, they may modify their plans.

 

The top of the Arizona GOP ticket in 2010 (Brewer and McCain) should help down ticket.

 

In the meantime, I just glad we are getting her out of the state.  Who said that the Obama Presidency would be all bad?

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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