Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is taking aim at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for making the false suggestion that law enforcement officials in the Grand Canyon State have turned up “beheaded” bodies in addressing crime related to illegal immigration.
Brewer admitted she “misspoke” in reciting the debunked claim last week, and now, Goddard, a Democrat challenging the incumbent governor, is out with a new campaign ad attempting to capitalize on the major flop.
Back in June, Jan Brewer made multiple false statements about beheadings in Arizona. These fear-mongering comments hurt Arizona as we were already struggling with high unemployment and lagging tourism. Now that her debate-night debacle has revived these irresponsible allegations, Brewer is backtracking and claiming she meant the beheadings were in the “border region” rather than Arizona. Once again, Jan Brewer is not telling the truth.
Last night was the first, and possibly only, debate between candidates for Arizona governor, and it got off to a rough start for Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who struggled twice to remember her accomplishments during her opening statement. Politico writes:
Brewer, who has gained national notoriety for signing into law the country’s toughest provisions for illegal immigrants, awkwardly paused twice during the opening statement of the Clean Elections Debate broadcast on the state’s PBS affiliate. […]
[A]fter saying, “We have cut the budget, we have balanced the budget and we are moving forward. We have done everything that we could possibly do,” the governor paused for 10 seconds — an eternity in a live televised debate — before looking down at her notes.
This debate was required by the Arizona Clean elections law. Brewer’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Terry Goddard, has challenged Brewer to six more debates. For some reason, she has yet to accept
UPDATE: Afterwards, Arizona reporters attempted to ask Brewer why she would not retract her false claim during the debate that illegal immigrants conduct beheadings in the Arizona desert. Brewer had her third awkward silence of the night, and walked away without answering. Watch it: