Gov. Jan Brewer, a longtime Republican officeholder who has never previously lost an election, tosses her hat in the ring again this evening in her hometown of Glendale where she is poised to make her public announcement — officially indicating her intent to seek a full, four-year term in 2010. She filed her campaign committee documents with the Secretary of State’s office this morning confirming her candidacy.
Although Brewer has gotten crossways with her own Republican party over her determined efforts to impose a one-cent sales tax hike to lift the state from the budgetary morass she inherited, she will find that insignificant when compared to the questions that will be raised by her selection of former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods as her campaign chairman. Woods, a sometime Republican, actually toyed with the idea of re-registering as a Democrat after he left office in 1998. Kate Fassett of HighGround Public Affairs Consultants will serve as Brewer’s campaign treasurer.
Woods lavished accolades and praise on liberal Democrat and former Gov. Janet Napolitano when she was selected as Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, as reported by the Washington Post.
Brewer’s political career spans nearly three decades, beginning in the state legislature — with stints in both the House and Senate. She was then elected to the Board of Supervisors and later as Secretary of State, before moving to the governor’s office last January. Brewer assumed office Napolitano‘s departure.
Several others potential candidates are eyeing the race. Currently, Tucson lawyer John Munger is the only officially announced Republican seeking the governor‘s office.