Brewer Releases Obama Letter

Arizona governor drops plan to keep it under wraps
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Brewer Releases Obama Letter
President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after arriving at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Jan Brewer has released the letter she delivered to President Obama in this week's chatter-generating showdown—and it doesn't contain much in the way of bombshells. "You've arrived in a state at the forefront of America's recovery—and her future," the handwritten note says, according to the Arizona Republic. "We both love this great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again. I'd love an opportunity to share with you how we've been able to turn Arizona around."

"And, of course, my offer to visit the border—and buy lunch—still stands." Brewer's office had initially said it wouldn't release the letter, since there were no copies and it was a "personal, handwritten" note, not legally subject to public scrutiny. But a rep unveiled it yesterday, saying he hadn't realized a copy existed. Experts say the letter is a public record that had to be released. "There's nothing remotely personal about this," says a lawyer. "She presented it to the president of the United States in the most public way possible." (More Jan Brewer stories.)

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