*That's not a real quote, but it's the real meaning of the press release that I'll quote later in this post...
Earlier today, Terry Goddard, Arizona's Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor, challenged unelected incumbent Jan Brewer to a series of debates.
From his letter to the Brewer campaign (with minor adjustments to the format for readability here) -
The people of Arizona deserve the opportunity to see for themselves which candidate has the vision and experience to lead Arizona back to prosperity.Her response, from a emailed press release -
I propose the following topics and host communities. Of course, I will work with your schedule to maximize this important opportunity for Arizona:
Balancing Arizona’s Budget - Tucson
Public Safety and Protecting Arizona - Kingman
Immigration and Securing Arizona’s Border - Sierra Vista
Jobs for Arizona - Yuma
Creating a World Class System for Education in AZ - Phoenix
Tourism, Energy, the Environment and Reviving Rural AZ - Flagstaff
"Terry Goddard is Obama's Arizona apostle.Yeah, I'm biased, but one of the things that struck me is that the Brewer campaign doesn't understand the difference between "challenging" (which is what Goddard did , respectfully [read the linked letter]) and "insulting" (the Brewer response.)
"Governor Brewer will participate in the televised debate sponsored by the Clean Elections Commission on September 1st. The scheduling of any possible future debates will be revisited after that time. In the meantime, we anticipate that Mr. Goddard will use his campaign funds to try to redefine 30-year record of failure. We look forward to seeing his TV commercials in the weeks to come."
I didn't actually expect her to go for six debates, especially the one in Kingman, location of the privately-operated prison that housed the recently-escaped murderers, but to be so openly contemptuous of her adversary and the people of Arizona? I most definitely did not expect that.
Oh, and in case someone thinks that Brewer was being nice when she deigned to agree to the Clean Elections forum (full schedule here), you should remember that she *has* to appear at that one. It's a requirement for those candidates who accept Clean Elections funding.