Arizona’s Jan Brewer To Headline Cynthia Coffman Fundraiser

FRIDAY UPDATE: Cynthia Coffman claims that she's not "endorsing" Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's agenda, but as the Phoenix metro area East Valley Tribune reports, somebody might want to tell that to Jan Brewer!

Brewer just returned Monday night from Georgia where she helped raise money for U.S. Senate hopeful Karen Handel. And today she is in Colorado to aid Cynthia Coffman in her bid for state attorney general….

“I'm going to participate in any manner I can to help those candidates that I believe that are aligned with me philosophically, [Pols emphasis] and that they are pragmatic and that they will get the job done,” Brewer said.



UPDATE: The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels:

“Is Cynthia Coffman wanting to turn Colorado into Arizona?” One Colorado, the state’s largest gay-rights organization, asked. “Colorado is not Arizona. We respect our neighbors and embrace diversity as a strength. Let’s stand together, and send a clear message that Jan Brewer’s extremism has no place in Colorado politics.”

Coffman agreed that Colorado is not Arizona.

“The fact that she’s going to come and do an event with me for 90 minutes doesn’t mean I agree with her on everything,” Coffman told The Denver Post. “It’s not about me endorsing her agenda. It’s about her doing something for me as a successful elected Republican woman. There aren’t that many as you know.”


Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ).

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ).

Here's something that popped up on our Google Alerts, as posted to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's public calendar for this week:

Friday, May 2, 2014 

• Governor Brewer to speak at event for Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman 

Denver, Colorado

We don't have a time yet for GOP Colorado Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman's fundraiser, but sources tell us it's being held at The Palm, one of the swankier political-class haunts in downtown Denver. Other than this announcement via Gov. Brewer's calendar, we've seen no publicity for this fundraiser–much like Cynthia's husband Mike Coffman's recent Brown Palace fundraiser starring Karl Rove.

That's probably because Gov. Brewer is one of the more controversial Republican governors in America, having signed into law the hotly controversial (and later ruled unconstitutional) SB1070 anti-immigrant statute, and more recently embroiled in a nationwide controversy over a bill to allow discrimination against gays and lesbians for "religious reasons." Brewer ultimately vetoed that bill, but received limited credit for doing so since it's widely alleged she played a major role in its introduction–only dumping the measure after it became clear it would result in further needless economic damage to the state of Arizona.

Although we doubt Gov. Brewer is very popular overall in Colorado, her frequent brushes with controversy have made her popular among a segment of conservatives–while others consider her toxic to a party desperately trying to change its image with Latino and young independent voters. With that in mind, it will be particularly interesting to find out if Mike Coffman makes an appearance tomorrow at Cynthia Coffman's fundraiser, won't it? In fact, one could argue that any Coffman/Brewer fundraiser (note omission of given names) is a big problem for Congressman Coffman's reinvention into a pro-immigration moderate.

We suppose he could always not show up to his wife's fundraiser, but then that would be a story too…

21 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Look, I can forgive Cynthia Coffman her husband — as can, I'm certain,  most of the reasonable electorate — it's simply a given that the vast majority of all women marry badly . . . 

    . . . but, Jan Brewer . . . ?? WTF??!!??

  2. Sunmusing says:

    Governor what's her face is quite popular in Colorado…not really…

  3. BlueCat says:

    So I guess we now know a lot about this Coffman's views, too.  Maybe she'll have an event with deadbeat rancher Bundy next. Or have Ted Nugent play Cat Scratch Fever and curse out Obama at her next event. The guy still isn't dead or in jail as he promised us he'd be if Obama was reelected so he's available. 

    • Smoking MirrorSmoking Mirror says:

      More's the pity.  I was kind of hoping that Ted Nugent would prove to be prophetic with that prediction…

    • JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

      Brewer is most notable in this context for what she says about Coffman. And the Coffmans.

      • ModeratusModeratus says:

        I thought Brewer vetoed the religious freedom bill and now all is forgiven?

        As I've said before, never compromise with a Democrat. It gets us nothing. You attack just as hard the next time.

        • BlueCat says:

          It takes more than one non-nutty thing. Besides, it had nothing to do with compromising with Dems. The business community was freaked out. More like compromising with the mainly Republican Chamber of Commerce. It was a bottom line economic decision.

          • ModeratusModeratus says:

            Naturally, since Republicans are incapable of doing anything except evil. This was just a craftier version of evil. Thanks for clearing that up!

            • BlueCat says:

              Who said anything about evil? It's sensible to take economic issues into consideration. If tourism and retirement are major industries in a state they probably don't want hordes of people staying away for fear of not being served.  I just said it had nothing to do with compromising with Dems. It didn't. Are you calling profit motive evil? Now there's a switch.

          • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

            Spot on, BC.  It had nothing to do with her strongly-held social beliefs and everything to do about money

        • Ralphie says:

          Religious freedom?  You mean anti gay, right?  You wingnuts speak in tongues.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          You probably shouldn't attempt things you've got no experience at . . .

          My advice to you — think less . . .

          [. .  .as if that were somehow possible]

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          So, Moddy, since it's all about parties for you, you seem to be saying that a "better" Republican would have signed that bill????

          Yeah, that's what I thought!

        • OrangeFreeOrangeFree says:

          "religious freedom" – I think we need to call it like it is: Freedom to Discriminate.

          • BlueCat says:

            You know when two men or women are ordering a cake for their wedding it's pretty obvious that they're gay. How about if someone comes into your store to buy shoes or get a haircut?  With this law would you just decide someone is acting or looking or sounding gay and refuse to serve them? And if you guessed wrong how would the person prove they weren't gay? No wonder the business community freaked. Who would want to host a convention there if they had to worry abut people being turned away from any and every kind of retail or restaurant?

        • DawnPatrol says:

          Stuff your bogus "indignation," con man.

  4. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    This was not a smart idea. 

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