Gov. Jan Brewer is recruiting the help of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to help tamp down the furor over the state's controversial new immigration law.
The two will team up for a press conference today in Phoenix, at which they will announce a new website and a national effort to "educate America on border security and encourage support for Arizona."
Brewer's campaign spokesman, Doug Cole, said Palin is an obvious choice since she's been opining on the issue with some regularity.
Right after the law passed, Palin went on Fox News to criticize President Obama for perpetuating a racial-profiling "myth" in his portrayal of the law. Most recently, Palin encouraged an Illinois girls' basketball team to "go rogue" after an administrator canceled its trip to Arizona.
No statements from Palin were immediately available.
This is the second time she's been to Arizona recently, having traveled to both Tucson and Mesa in late March to stump for her former running mate, U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Cole said the website will try to correct what he said is wrong information about the law, and will also provide additional information on the longstanding immigration battle, by posting all of the letters sent to the federal government in the past eight years by Brewer as well as her predecessor, former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, who now heads the Department of Homeland Security.
Jennifer Johnson, spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, dismissed the announcement as Brewer's bid to strengthen her election prospects in the upcoming election cycle. "Sarah Palin is neither an expert on border security nor on tourism," Johnson said. "This is a transparent political stunt by Gov. Brewer under the false pretense of helping Arizona."
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