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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Uses On The Record To Troll For Financial Contributions

Reported by Ellen - April 12, 2011 -

Gov. Jan Brewer visited On The Record last night (4/11/11) to discuss a recent federal appeals court ruling that parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB1070, are unconstitutional. Brewer was the only guest on the show to discuss the ruling and host Greta Van Susteren took a number of steps to present Brewer's case in a sympathetic light

Van Susteren made little effort to explore the reasons why Arizona's law might be viewed as unconstitutional. But there was plenty of time for Brewer to give her side and talk about why she wants to appeal. "We have to stand up for the people of Arizona and the people of America," she said, without Van Susteren going into the views of those pesky other Americans who feel differently.

Then Brewer made a blatant fundraising pitch. She said, "We need (Americans') help and their encouragement and their support. So, it's going to be a long legal battle. Bottom line is that I'm gonna ask everybody tonight to remember my legal defense fund because this is not cheap but we can win. So I want people to go to (she named her website) and help us fight this battle."

No objection from Van Susteren that her guest was using her show to fundraise. Instead, Van Susteren went on to highlight the judge who agreed with Brewer and suggested that it had been a matter of "luck of the draw" of judges that had caused Brewer to lose. Van Susteren did note that an appeal would be harder to win. But then she also made a point of saying that she thought the "real problem" was that "the federal government has not done its job and forcing Arizona to take matters into its own hands."

That just happened to be "one of our main arguments," Brewer said.

You can contact Gov. Brewer via webmail here. You can contact On The Record at ontherecord@foxnews.com.

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