by David Safier
Brewer said she was fully aware of the grief the $1.6 billion in cuts and fund sweeps would cause when she signed the budget plan earlier this month. State lawmakers, she added, should have known as well.
The difference is, I guess, the legislators pretended they didn't know the cuts would hurt. Brewer knew and didn't care.
In publically disagreeing with her own party members, Brewer finds herself on unfamiliar turf. For decades, Brewer has earned a reputation as a staunch Republican and a tough partisan fighter. But the public outrage over the drastic roll back of government programs is taking a toll, some political experts said.
The degree of anger among the public underscores the political realities the new governor and members of the Legislature will face as they head into the 2010 election cycle, said Bruce Merrill, a political pollster with Arizona State University.
In putting some distance between herself and her fellow party members, Merrill said, Brewer is doing what she needs to do if she wants to return to the governor's office.
Folks, you ain't seen nothin' yet.