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Beydler: Brewer's shameless soliciting on the tarmac

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Jon Beydler is a 32-year Valley resident and the former mayor of Fountain Hills who now lives in Chandler.

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 9:07 am, Fri Feb 3, 2012.

According to, sales of Jan Brewer's book "Scorpions for Breakfast" have gone up a whopping 150,398 percent over the past 24 hours since her heated discussion with President Obama took place on the tarmac at Williams-Gateway Airport. What this means is that nobody was buying her book before the incident that appears to have been staged. You can buy the book today for $15.78. The price has steadily dropped since the book was released, which is code for "no good." The most succinct review of her book that I found referred to it as total "crap."

My take on the encounter at the airport is that Brewer has once again shamelessly pandered the image and reputation of the great state of Arizona for her own personal gain, this time book sales.

After reviewing the audio tapes of her 2010 meeting with the president in the Oval Office and viewing the video of her comments made immediately afterwards outside the White House while being interviewed by CNN it is quite clear that once again our governor has misspoke the truth.

Immediately following the meeting in the Oval Office, she referred to the president as being "very cordial." Later, in her book, she wrote that she felt Obama had been "condescending" and that she "felt a little bit like (she) was being lectured to, and (she) was a little kid in a classroom, if you will, and he was this wise professor and (she) was this little kid, and this little kid knows what the problem is and (she) felt minimized to say the least."

A little thin-skinned are we, Jan?

My intuition tells me that our gov simply was attempting to leverage the president's visit for her own personal financial gain. Either that or she was being used by the tea party as a "hack" to steal the headlines away from Obama's visit. Could be both.

Any way you cut it, her book had been a dismal failure up until her "drama queen" antics on the tarmac last week. In fact, Brewer has been a dismal failure as governor and has continuously lived down to low expectations. She talks in hyperbole. She continues to file frivolous lawsuits against the federal government. She attempts to override the will of the voters. The only reason that she relented on medical marijuana and now is going to allow dispensaries to open this summer is because she lost in court - again.

But to be openly disrespectful to the president of the United States and lie about it at the same time is disingenuous and embarrassing. Once again Brewer has demonstrated to all of us just how small of a person she truly is.

• Jon Beydler is a 32-year Valley resident and the former mayor of Fountain Hills who now lives in Chandler.


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