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Political notebook: For Brewer, SB 1070 is the law that just keeps giving

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Terry Goddard can't be happy that the Obama administration continues to hammer Arizona's immigration law.

The longer it's in the political stratosphere, the more mileage Gov. Jan Brewer gets.

The latest flap erupted when the U.S. State Department included a reference to SB 1070 in a report on America's human-rights record for a United Nations committee.

That launched the gazillionth round of Greta Van Susteren for Brewer this week, where she got to talk - again- about standing up for Arizona. On the show, Brewer apologized for being so worked up, saying the administration's actions were so wrong that they left her breathless. "You know, I'm going to fight back. I can hardly get my words out, Greta," she said.

Ah. An explanation for the verbal gymnastics she demonstrates from time to time.

Tune in for tonight's debate to see whether Goddard has any success steering the subject to the economy. It starts at 7 p.m. and airs on PBS, Channel 6.

Everyone has a joke

Most of the Republican slate of federal and statewide candidates showed up Friday at a unity rally, where candidates forgave each other the sins of the primary, predicted they'll defeat Democratic opponents and told a few jokes.

Sen. John McCain, in a nod to Jesse Kelly, quipped that he tried to get into the Marine Corps as a younger man - but his parents were married. Then he hastened to say he doesn't tell that joke anymore.

Brewer shared a menu she encountered during a lunch stop at Chretin's Mexican Food restaurant in Yuma - which has since become the ninth-floor mission statement.

The Republican special on the menu featured a chimichanga, two side orders and a drink for $5.99. The Democratic special? "Same thing, but we give your meal to someone else." Badumpdump.

Finally, Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, when introducing Congressional District 7 candidate Ruth McClung, told the crowd that he'd worked with U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva for five years before Grijalva acceded to higher office.

He quipped that if he had only five years to live, "I want to work with Grijalva again, because those were the longest five years of my life."

No, you're out of touch

We're going to hear a lot in a short time about the differences between Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her Republican challenger, Jesse Kelly.

But there already is something surprising going on out there on the campaign trail. The two seem to share a talking point.

He's been saying for months that she's out of touch with the district. Why? Because she voted for the health-care package, financial overhaul and other Democratic-agenda bills, he says.

During a campaign event in Sahuarita, she told voters the same thing about him.

He's out of touch because he wants to apologize to BP, eliminate the corporate tax rate and risk Social Security by phasing it out, Giffords said.

They agree that there's a "clear choice" - they both use the phrase - between them on Election Day.

Guess we'll find out on Nov. 2 which one is more out of touch in this swing district.

she REALLY WANTS TO DEBATE

When it comes to debates, the underdogs almost always want more of them. The alpha dogs, not so much. Why blow a big lead by, you know, actually telling voters what the candidate thinks?

But U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick isn't going to let a little thing like incumbency get in the way of facing off with her new Republican political opponent, Paul Gosar, who came out ahead of seven other candidates.

She asked last week for five debates. And when he didn't respond by Monday, she sent out another round, counting the number of hours of silence that had passed.

Silence, huh? That's something some of us would like a little more of in this heated season.

Contact reporter Rhonda Bodfield at 573-4243 or rbodfield@azstarnet.com Contact Andrea Kelly at 807-7790 or akelly@azstarnet.com


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