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GOP sending Brewer to Arkansas for party fundraiser

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Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:27 pm

Jan Brewer is off to help the GOP raise money — in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Republican Party is touting the Arizona governor as the headliner for its annual Governor’s Dinner next month at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. For $150 you can dine with up to 600 others and hear Brewer explain her ongoing fights with the federal government over things like immigration laws, one of the reasons she was invited.

And if you’ve got an extra $250, you and a friend can attend a private reception and get a photo with the honored guest.

Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said Brewer is flying commercially and all the costs are being picked up by the party.

In promoting the event, Arkansas GOP officials are touting the Arizona governor as a leader whose words they will want to hear.

“Gov. Jan Brewer has felt the frustration that every American has experienced firsthand as she attempted to move her state forward despite the roadblocks put in her path by Barack Obama’s failed presidency,” said Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas party in promotional material. “She has provided leadership and defended Arizona when the White House refused to offer solutions to secure our nation’s border.”

The arrangement is more than a one-way street to help Republicans in Arkansas.

Party spokeswoman Katherine Vasilos said her organization has contacted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee “to put him in contact with the state party in Arizona in case they needed to do a potential (fundraising) event with him.”

That’s the best the Arkansas GOP can offer: The current governor, Mike Beebe, is a Democrat.

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