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Obama Cabinet Pick Napolitano Gives Arizona a Republican Governor
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President-elect Barack Obama's announcement Monday that Gov. Janet Napolitano is his choice to head the Department of Homeland Security means a Republican will move into the governor's office.

Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor, so the Democratic governor's midterm departure -- if she is confirmed as secretary of homeland security -- means she will be succeeded by Secretary of State Jan Brewer, a Republican in a state that leans toward the GOP....

The turnover won't occur before late January at the earliest because Napolitano said she doesn't plan to step down as governor until the U.S. Senate confirms her appointment....


Napolitano, 51, would be departing after six years as Arizona governor and midway through her second four-year term. She previously served as Arizona attorney general and U.S. attorney for Arizona....

Brewer, 64, is a veteran public officeholder, with more than two decades as a legislator, a Maricopa County supervisor and secretary of state. Brewer had a reputation as a fiscal hard-liner and conservative on social issues while a legislator in the 1980s and 1990s, so her taking over the governorship would mean a new approach from Napolitano's direction.

Napolitano has pushed for more spending for education and social services. Republican legislators charge that she rammed through spending that the state cannot afford. Napolitano also has been a liberal on some social issues, including abortion rights, and pushed for strong state action on environmental initiatives.

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  -Obama Cabinet Pick Napolitano Gives Arizona a Republican Governor DeepModem Mom  Dec-01-08 02:02 PM   #0 
  - It's likely that Arizona's next Governor would have been a Republican anyway.  onehandle   Dec-01-08 02:05 PM   #1 
  - You are completely uninformed. It was not likely.We have an AG who is even more pouplar than Janet  saracat   Dec-01-08 02:18 PM   #3 
  - America needs her more than Arizona  Jake3463   Dec-01-08 02:49 PM   #7 
  - Many other people would make a good Homeland Security secretary.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 03:18 PM   #8 
  - What Obama wants  Jake3463   Dec-01-08 03:48 PM   #12 
     - I'm not disputing that.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 04:55 PM   #18 
  - Lots of other folks could do this job.We need her veto pen.  saracat   Dec-01-08 07:24 PM   #34 
  - "unneccessary GOP majority that was allowed to be elected by our State Party"  Wabbajack_   Dec-01-08 04:09 PM   #15 
  - It makes about as much sense as anything else she says.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 04:56 PM   #19 
  - Our state Party "Allow4ed" the election Of GOP legislators and state senators  saracat   Dec-01-08 06:08 PM   #25 
     - Arizona still leans puke  Wabbajack_   Dec-02-08 08:55 AM   #50 
        - Well, most of us do.And while we may "lean puke" according to you  saracat   Dec-02-08 05:07 PM   #52 
  - Terry Goddard didn't win in 1990  CreekDog   Dec-03-08 05:38 AM   #55 
  - Now it is possible  dbackjon   Dec-01-08 06:20 PM   #27 
     - Exactly.  saracat   Dec-01-08 07:24 PM   #35 
  - I feel sad for my state, happy for the country.  azmouse   Dec-01-08 02:09 PM   #2 
  - Sucks for AZ, but she'll be smashing as head of dhs  KSDiva   Dec-01-08 02:30 PM   #4 
  - Please share what commends her so highly that we love the governorship?  chimpymustgo   Dec-01-08 04:09 PM   #16 
  - the real news for me?  xchrom   Dec-01-08 02:33 PM   #5 
  - Hopefully Terry Goddard will run and beat Brewer in 2010.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 02:33 PM   #6 
  - This is history in reverse  TechBear_Seattle   Dec-01-08 03:20 PM   #9 
  - New Guv (r) is also female  Wabbajack_   Dec-01-08 04:08 PM   #14 
  - Oops. n/t  TechBear_Seattle   Dec-01-08 08:37 PM   #43 
  - Jan Brewer is a she, not a he.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 05:14 PM   #24 
     - I know three people named Jan; all are male  TechBear_Seattle   Dec-01-08 08:38 PM   #44 
        - Jan Brady???  dwickham   Dec-02-08 01:24 AM   #47 
           - No, two of them are straight  TechBear_Seattle   Dec-02-08 08:09 AM   #48 
              - you missed my point  dwickham   Dec-02-08 11:17 PM   #54 
  - Well, we know One True Thing:  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Dec-01-08 03:22 PM   #10 
  - According to some of our AZ DUers, Brewer is a fundie nutjob  KamaAina   Dec-01-08 03:24 PM   #11 
  - And Brewer would then get to pick his replacement at the state's SoS  Robbien   Dec-01-08 04:03 PM   #13 
     - I believe it would be *her* replacement  KamaAina   Dec-01-08 04:19 PM   #17 
     - Definitely a "her" n/t  deadmessengers   Dec-01-08 04:59 PM   #21 
     - Only temporarily. The SoS would be up for election in 2010.  Alexander   Dec-01-08 04:59 PM   #20 
        - Why would the Governor in 2008 effect  Wabbajack_   Dec-02-08 08:57 AM   #51 
  - Here's a question  deadmessengers   Dec-01-08 04:59 PM   #22 
  - That'd be... Janet Napolitano.  KamaAina   Dec-01-08 05:07 PM   #23 
     - learn something new every day... thanks! n/t  deadmessengers   Dec-01-08 06:43 PM   #29 
  - A Dark Day for Arizona  dbackjon   Dec-01-08 06:19 PM   #26 
  - A Dark Day for Arizona  Cactus Boy   Dec-01-08 07:24 PM   #36 
     - Why is this kind of post always in Courier?  KamaAina   Dec-01-08 08:05 PM   #40 
     - Kut-N-Paste Kommandos - nm  ThoughtCriminal   Dec-01-08 08:17 PM   #41 
     - Where in Arizona are you from?  Coventina   Dec-03-08 09:46 AM   #56 
  - It's incomprehensible to me that Obama would make this choice.  David__77   Dec-01-08 06:27 PM   #28 
  - Sorry, Arizona.  Arkana   Dec-01-08 06:47 PM   #30 
  - Now Arizona will have a new distinction  DesertRat   Dec-01-08 07:15 PM   #31 
  - But Sarah went to five, so it all balances out  KamaAina   Dec-01-08 07:20 PM   #32 
     - At least Sarah went to college. n/t  DesertRat   Dec-01-08 07:59 PM   #38 
  - Bad Choice for Tech (IT) Workers....  OhioChick   Dec-01-08 07:20 PM   #33 
  - Agree, I am very concerned over this choice and the future of  Azlady   Dec-01-08 07:43 PM   #37 
  - If this proves to be correct...  ChromeFoundry   Dec-01-08 08:35 PM   #42 
     - I am compelled to agree with you 100%, Chrome. n/t  OhioChick   Dec-01-08 08:39 PM   #45 
     - I can not believe I am saying this but...  Azlady   Dec-01-08 08:59 PM   #46 
  - this pick completely STINKS  Skittles   Dec-01-08 08:03 PM   #39 
  - Looks like Arizona Dems are  JNelson6563   Dec-02-08 08:22 AM   #49 
  - Sheriff Joe and Jan  classysassy   Dec-02-08 08:48 PM   #53 
  - How many Arizonans know that Napolitano, personally....  GoldenOldie   Dec-03-08 10:14 AM   #57 
  - It's hard for AZ, but I do believe its for the greater good.  Political Heretic   Dec-03-08 02:19 PM   #58 
  - and we get to keep McCain too  True_Blue   Dec-03-08 03:14 PM   #59 

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