Brewer not accepting apology over 'Judas' insult

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by Dennis Welch | 3TV Political Editor

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 8:00 PM

PHOENIX -- A day after a prominent leader of her own Republican Party compared her to one of the most notorious traitors in history,  Gov. Jan Brewer wasn't accepting any apologies.

"What was said was said, as far as the governor is concerned, she's moving forward," said Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Brewer's office.

He went on to say that, "the governor is not concerned about apologies, at this time she's more focused on getting her Medicaid plan across the finish line."

Benson's comments came as the chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee,  A.J. LaFaro, apologized for comparing Brewer to Judas for her efforts to expand Medicaid.

According to Benson, LaFaro sent an email to the governor late Thursday afternoon saying he, "reacted with sincere and passionate opposition to the Governor's Obamacare Medicaid Expansion proposal."

"My intentions were not to offend anyone, but to clearly sound a warning about the consequences of approving this future unsustainable burden on taxpayers."

That same letter was also sent to the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. John Kavanagh.

This whole political blowup started Wednesday in the Republican chairman's committee. It was the first public hearing on the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid by 300,000 people in Arizona.

LaFaro was speaking out against the governor's plan when he ended his testimony by saying: "My last comment in closing, and I hate to say it, Jesus had Judas and Republicans have Governor Brewer."

Groans from the audience were immediately heard from the audience as LaFaro left the hearing room.

Since then, he's taken a lot of heat from members of his own party. Some have used Facebook and Twitter to call for his resignation.

 

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