by David Safier
To Brewer's dismay, the story just won't go away. Now it's Politico which put up an article yesterday and updated it this morning:
Just two weeks before the election, the Arizona governor’s race is abuzz over a bandage on the collarbone of Republican incumbent Jan Brewer.
For a second week in a row, the governor is fending off rumors from a veteran Arizona journalist and Democratic operative that she’s in poor health.
Politico spotlights Brewer's refusal to answer the question about whether she had a biopsy for thyroid cancer.
The article also brings up Coughlin's shameful retort, Oh yeah, why don't you ask Goddard if he's gay?
I didn't know, however, that Goddard has called on Brewer to give Coughlin the ax.
“I do know that Chuck Coughlin is a despicable human being, and I think anyone who has the kind of leadership style that [Brewer] just described to you should not be tolerating somebody as her top person who is willing to stoop to this level of vile and gutter tactics,” Goddard said during a recent newspaper editorial board meeting with Brewer.
Later he said, “I have to explain this to an 11-year-old at home, and I think that she is countenancing this kind of attack absolutely tears down the whole fabric of the political discussion.”
When Goddard turned to Brewer, pointedly asking if she was going to fire Coughlin, Brewer shot back: “Terry, your hands are not clean, and you don’t want to go there with me.”
After shaking hands, Goddard told the governor: “You’ve gotta get rid of Chuck.”
And here's an older Brewer health problem that reasonable newcomers like me don't know about:
Brewer had been a longtime smoker but quit after suffering a nearly fatal heart attack in 1994, when she was serving as Senate majority whip in the state Legislature. And political insiders say Brewer’s health had been a consideration before she made the decision last fall to run for a full four-year term.
Monday, Phoenix's PBS station ran an 8 minute video of an interview with John Dougherty on the subject. I can't find a way to embed it, so here's the link.
Phoenix PBS Monday. Politico yesterday and today. The Brewer health story is still very much alive. Any member of the media who gets within 20 feet of Brewer needs to ask, "Governor, have you had a biopsy for thyroid cancer?" If they can't get within 20 feet, they need to call Brewer and her campaign over and over asking the question. If they're stonewalled, that should be on the news.