Arizona governor Janet Brewer, who became a rising Republican star amid her controversial immigration bill, seems to be losing some of the steam that propelled her into the national stage in the wake of the 2010 Tea Party takeover.
According to AZFamily, just two — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) — out of 19 governors members of The Western Governors Association showed up to see Brewer deliver her keynote speech on Saturday. Hickenlooper and Herbert are the vice chairman and chairman of the organization, respectively.
However, this didn't sop Brewer from delivering her remarks where she talked about Arizona's agricultural production. The governor also highlighted the state's record on renewable energy (even though she doesn't believe global warming is caused by humans).
"Since 2010, 12 renewable energy companies have relocated or expanded their operations here in Arizona, creating more than 1,900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment," Brewer said.
Brewer's fading star may come as a result of the Republican Party's seeming softening on the issue of immigration. Though in the past the party had been supportive of Brewer's draconian immigration measure, the shellacking suffered by the GOP during the 2012 election — caused, in part, by the increasing Latino electoral which supported President Obama's reelection by huge margins — may be causing them to jump ship just like it seems to be happening with Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.