Gov. Brewer backs former GOP lawmaker for congress

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By Mark Wilson By Mark Wilson

PHOENIX -- Republican Gov. Jan Brewer waded into a world of congressional politics Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks.

This time, the Republican governor endorsed former state Sen. Jonathan Paton who is battling for the GOP nomination in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

"In the battle between Arizona and an overreaching federal government, Jonathan Paton is on our side," Brewer said in a statement released Wednesday.

"That is why I am proud to endorse him, why I am working hard to help him win, and why I hope you will join me in supporting his campaign."

Paton is battling businessman Patrick Gatti and Vietnam veteran Doug Wade to carry the GOP colors into the fall election.

Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and Wenona Benally Baldenegro are competing against each other for the Democratic nomination in the district.

Paton is a military veteran who served in Iraq. In 2010 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress the state's current 8th Congressional District. He ended up losing in the Primary to Jesse Kelly.

Last week, Brewer backed former U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon in his bid to get his old job back. Salmon is running against former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams for the Republican nomination in Arizona's new 5th Congressional District.