The Arizona Guardian is reporting that Sen. John McCain is distancing himself from Gov. Jan Brewer’s endorsement, as the former GOP presidential nominee tries to avoid being linked with a politician who favors a tax increase.
The governor gave her endorsement in Tucson last week, but officials working for the McCain campaign have said they weren’t ready to advertise her support just yet.
“We announce endorsements on our own schedule,” said Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the McCain re-election campaign. “We embrace our supporters but we have a list of endorsements we’re going to be making on a rolling basis.”
Although there aren’t too many lines to read between, the “Oops!” message is clear.
Brewer advisor Chuck Coughlin returned the favor, sledgehammer in hand: “I don’t put much stock in what a spokesperson has to say. One thing I’ve learned is that John McCain spokesmen haven’t lasted very long and I’m assuming this guy will be gone very soon.”
Why a one-cent sales tax hike with a three-year sunset date should bother McCain who voted for the $850 million Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), voted against the Bush tax cuts, and supports costly amnesty programs, is beyond any reasonable comprehension.
In terms of intra-party unity, whirled peas won’t be on the menu tonight.