Jan Brewer’s fortitude brings her success

October 4, 2010 09:54

“The challenges my mother, my brother and I faced were daunting,” Brewer told the graduates of Grand Canyon University in April. “For an 11-year-old living in California, they were terrifying. But my mother taught me how to deal with those challenges – she met them head-on.”

by Casey Newton – Oct. 4, 2010  The Arizona Republic

For 10 hours a day, seven days a week, her mother worked in the shop, Brewer said. And Brewer worked alongside her, closing out the cash register each night.

Brewer’s friends and advisers say those early years had a powerful effect in shaping her view that government’s primary role should be to help entrepreneurs like her mother succeed while providing effective but limited support for those less fortunate.

Brewer’s up-by-the-bootstraps, small-government conservatism has often been visible during nearly 30 years in public office, when she rose from the state Legislature to become Arizona’s chief executive.


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