Although she says, “I love being governor and I love campaigning,” Gov. Jan Brewer has been somewhat cagey regarding her future plans. Much of her reticence on the on the subject is understandable. She has had other things that have occupied her time and sapped her energies since stepping onto the Ninth Floor after the departure of her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano — who hightailed it off to the D.C. environs to assume the position of Homeland Security Secretary in the Obama administration. Napolitano left a gapping hole in the budget, which Republican Brewer has tried to repair by hitching her career to a 1-cent sales tax hike.
She now says she is “leaning” toward running for a full term. But it would be a help if her advisor Chuck Coughlin sounded a bit more enthusiastic than he did in this report in the daily.
“My belief is that (Brewer’s campaign decision) hinges on whether or not she has the tools to govern,” Coughlin said, referencing the estimated $2.5 billion that would be generated over three years by the tax increase. “If Democrats are unwilling to help her, than maybe she’ll give this job back to them.”
That sounds like a stunning lack of commitment from Coughlin. The highest office in the state is a political prize that is not given over like a fumble.