Brewer: Lack of record will be tough for some Arizona governor hopefuls
PHOENIX — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday it’s going to be very tough for some Arizona governor hopefuls that don’t have a previous political record.
The most recent and obvious of the Arizona governor 2022 hopefuls without a political record is former Valley TV anchor Kari Lake, who announced her run for the office on Tuesday evening.
Brewer had a long political record before taking the governor’s chair in Arizona back in 2009, having previously served in both the state House and Senate before moving on to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and eventually Arizona’s Secretary of State.
She told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Wednesday the difficulty comes from not having a reputation that people can look into.
“They knew that sometimes I would get off-track with the Republican party or I would do something that was a little bit not Republican, but they knew basically who I was and what I was,” Brewer said.
“The people who don’t have that, it’s going to be very, very tough.”
She added candidates from both parties have to spend most of the time playing to the far sides of their respective bases during the primary election.
“Then they all pivot, they all see the light in the general election, because they know they got to get that middle population,” Brewer said, adding it all depends on their campaign strategy.
While Brewer said she thinks Lake presents well and is well-spoken, she added we won’t know anything until Lake gets on the campaign trail itself.
“It’s much different when you are just talking, kind of making soundbites,” Brewer said.
Brewer said she knows and admires Lake, who served as Fox 10’s anchor for 22 years before leaving the station in March.
“I admired her in the past, if this is something she wants to do, good for her, get out there,” Brewer said. “The more the merrier.”
One of Lake’s competitors for the Republican ticket is current State Treasurer Kimberly Yee.