There’s a rumor going around that Wednesday’s trip by Governor Brewer and three statewide candidates who she has endorsed was piggybacked on to official business – paid for by Arizona taxpayers.
What has given this rumor legs is modern technology.
According to two sources, Michele Reagan, one of the three candidates sent out a tweet including a photo of her on a plane with an official state seal in the background. Once the photo was tweeted it was quickly deleted.
Brewer’s trip to Yuma was covered by local Yuma media.
Holly Sweet of the Yuma CBS affiliate, KSWT reported that Brewer had official business with Yuma city hall before heading to a political rally at the Kress Ultra Lunge with Scott Smith, Randy Pullen and Michele Reagan – all candidates who she has endorsed.
Christy Wilcox also reported on the visit:
The Yuma Daily Sun also covered the event which included a number of photos.
The Governor’s official website also posted nothing about an official visit to Yuma on her public calendar.
All this begs the following questions:
If media reported Governor Brewer making the trip as a meeting with Yuma City Hall, why would that visit not be listed on the official calendar?
Did Governor Brewer, Scott Smith, Michele Reagan all travel together to Yuma?
Did all three candidates travel with Governor Brewer together aboard an official government or chartered plane to Yuma?
If all three candidates traveled to Yuma with the Governor on an official state plane or chartered plane, will their campaigns reimburse the taxpayers of Arizona?
Is Governor Brewer lending the weight of her office to assist those candidates she has endorsed?
Finally, were there any members of the media who traveled with the Governor or the three candidates to and/or from Yuma?
We hope each of the campaigns and the Governor will clear up these questions.