From POLITICS DAILY:
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer finds herself under scrutiny after telling a newspaper that her father “died fighting the Nazi regime in Gemany.” In actuality, Brewer’s father, Wilford Drinkwine, passed away from lung disease in California, ten years after World War II had ended.
Brewer’s comments were made to The Arizona Republic [actually, it’s The Arizona Guardian] newspaper, and came as she was discussing her state’s polarizing new anti-illegal immigrant law, which the governor signed into law last month.
“Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that… and then to have them call me Hitler’s daughter. It hurts. It’s ugliness beyond anything I’ve ever experienced,” Brewer told the paper.
It’s not the first time Governor Jan told slightly exaggerated stories about her tragic childhood. Did you know she wrote a book about it?
On Tuesday, Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer’s office told the Arizona Guardian that the governor’s remarks had not been meant literally, and that Mr. Drinkwine had passed away as a result of the toxic fumes he had inhaled while working as a civilian at an ammunition factory in Hawthorne, Nv.
“She wasn’t embellishing the story at all,” Senseman told the Guardian.
She wasn’t embellishing? Hell, she took a Bedazzler to it!
Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer is quickly backpedaling from her incorrect claim that her father “died fighting the Nazi regime.”
The governor’s father, in fact, died in 1955 in California.
In a statement Thursday, Brewer corrected the misstatement without apologizing for incorrectly saying her father died in combat.
“My father, Wilford Drinkwine, moved our family before I was born from Minnesota to Nevada to work at the Hawthorne Ammunition Depot in Western Nevada at the outset of World War II. He passed away when I was 11 years old,” Brewer said. “His death came after a long and painful battle with lung disease, contracted following years of exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes while working as a civil servant at the base.”
In a follow up interview with the Guardian, Brewer blamed the paper for trying to peg her as a “liar.”
“I’m fairly devastated by this, for what it’s worth,” Brewer told the paper, adding that she never intentionally misled the public about her father’s service.
“There is no way I have ever misled anybody,” the governor added. “You’re trying to make a liar out of me.”
Oh, c’mon, Governor Jan, you’re a self-made woman. You made a liar out of yourself. Meanwhile, while Governor Jan met with President Obama at the White House about immigration, the PHOENIX Business Journal xmade a liar out of Governor Janx had this to report:
Gov. Jan Brewer, State Sen. Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others supporting the state’s new immigration law say it is needed to stem waves of crime. However, new reports show crime is on the decline.
Arizona is main conduit into the U.S. for Mexican cartels and smuggling rings and Phoenix is a hotbed for human smuggling related kidnapping, they say. “We’re out here on the battlefield of illegal immigration and all the crime that comes with it,” Brewer said on Fox News last month. Brewer referred to the situation as “the terror which our citizens live in day and day out along the border.” Arpaio and Pearce have made similar comments on CNN and other national news outlets.
That rhetoric worries economic developers, tourism officials and others who want to attract high-wage jobs to the state.
“Any kind of negative publicity hurts Arizona as it competes for new business locates and the jobs and tax revenues they represent, especially in the economic climate we live in today,” said Rock Rickert [noting he’s speaking only for himself, not his organization], chairman of the Arizona Association for Economic Development.
Crime in the Valley and Arizona is on the decrease, according to recent statistics.
The city of Phoenix reported 131,052 crimes in 2004. That number fell to 109,784 in 2008 and 90,024 in 2009, according to the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix had 9,679 drug crimes last year compared to 10,741 in 2004.
Statewide, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said there were 255,133 serious crimes in Arizona in 2009. That is down 12 percent from 2008. DPS reported 341,101 serious crimes in 2002 and 291,380 in 2001.
“Statistically – and you know what Mark Twain said about statistics – the overall crime rate is lower now than it has been in recent years, however the level of attention being paid to a number of recent pieces of legislation, periodic crime sweeps conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, and incidents of violence along Arizona’s border with Mexico only increases the national and international perception that Arizona is not open for business,” Rickert said.
The exception to that trend is kidnapping, which is at a high level in Phoenix because of human smugglers who detain illegal immigrants in drop houses asking for extra money. Phoenix has had 1,000 kidnapping reports the last three years, according to various sources. Many other crimes against undocumented immigrants, including sexual assaults against women, often go unreported.
Still, much of the crime related to drug and human smuggling does not impact tourists or law-abiding Arizonans. The Phoenix area ranked as the 74th worst metro area for crime in 2009, according to CQ Press.
Thunderbird School of Global Management President Angel Cabrera and Greater Phoenix Economic Council CEO Barry Broome also are concerned about the focus on crime related to immigration flap. The new law gives police greater authority to question and detain suspected illegal immigrants.
GPEC, Thunderbird and some other business and community leaders want to launch efforts to combat such negative images propelled by the law.
Cabrera said Brewer and others are creating an “apocalyptic view” of Arizona that will discourage students from studying here, tourism and high-wage job growth. “That’s not helpful,” Cabrera said.