Arizona Governor Jan Brewer seems to have contracted a case of Richard Blumenthaul Syndrome but rather than embellishing her own military record -- like Connecticut Senate hopeful Blumenthaul was outed for doing last month -- she seems to have just flat-out lied about her father's service in World War II.
In an interview with the Arizona Republic on Tuesday, Brewer is quoted as saying "knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that ... and then to have them call me Hitler's daughter. It hurts. It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced."
Brewer's statement is in response to attacks she's received from some members of the anti-SB 1070 crowd who have suggested that Arizona's controversial immigration law is similar to what went on in Nazi Germany.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
There's a minor problem: Brewer's pops died in California -- 10 years after the war ended -- and last time we checked, the Blitzkrieg never found its way to Hollywood.
According to the Arizona Guardian, which broke the news of Brewer's fib, Jan's dad never even left U.S. soil during WWII and served as a civilian supervisor for a naval munitions depot in Hawthorne, Nevada, during the war.
He died of lung disease in 1955 -- 10 years after the war ended -- in California.
We left a message for Brewer's press secretary, Paul Senseman, to get some clarification on Brewer's apparently bogus claims but he didn't get back to us.