Already enriched in book sales by her tiff on the tarmac with President Obama, Gov. Jan Brewer is now using the incident to raise money for her political action committee.
And she's telling a slightly different story to do it.
In an Internet posting on her Jan PAC web site, Brewer is citing the highly publicized event to ask for donations to the political action committee she established last year to try to raise money nationwide to affect federal elections.
Last week, Brewer said that, despite the widely circulated photo of her with her finger a few inches from Obama's face, said she “really wasn't pointing at him.”
“We could have been talking about a lot of different things,” Brewer explained then, saying she respects the office of the president. “And I would never be disrespectful in that manner.”
But the governor, for the first time, now says she was doing more than defending the accuracy of her book or even the larger question of border security.
“I was telling him, ‘You have ONE more year,’ ” she writes, a clear reference to the upcoming presidential race.
“The president needs to be reminded that he is the president of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state governors.”
How much Brewer might raise from the new approach will not be known until her political action committee files the legally required reports with the Federal Election Commission. So far, Jan PAC, formed late last year, has no reports on file of contributors or beneficiaries.
Brewer said last fall that her decision to wade into financing campaigns is a direct outgrowth of her high-profile role over the issues of illegal immigration and border security. “I think it’s important that we change the flavor in Washington, D.C.,” she said.
“I think that I could be a big participant in having that happen,” the governor continued. “If we don’t do it here, who’s going to do it?”
And Brewer, in her bid for donations, suggested some of that cash might wind up being used to deny Obama a second term.
“Donate today to Jan PAC and help me stop President Obama in 2012 and others like him who are taking our country down the wrong path,” she write on the web page.