In a stunning interview exposing the growing rift within the Arizona Republican Party, former Republican Gov. Fife Symington tells the Arizona Guardian that Gov. Jan Brewer has damaged herself politically and should be challenged in next year’s GOP primary election.
Symington believes Brewer abandoned Republican principals of less government and lower taxes by vetoing a GOP-authored budget last month because the Legislature didn’t refer her 1-cent sales tax increase to the ballot.
The article reports that Symington thinks Brewer is damaged goods, politically, and doubts she can be re-elected.
“Why have a Republican party and elect them to office if we’re going to do what Democrats do and raise taxes?” Symington asked.
Chuck Coughlin, a top Brewer advisor, who served as Symington’s former deputy chief of staff and also ran Symington’s 1994 re-election campaign, says his former boss is flat wrong. “He’s still stuck in that 1994 way of thinking about the world,” he said.
It sounds as though serious Trouble is Brewering in Paradise.