Jan Brewer Responds to Accusations That She Lied About Father's War Service by Not Even Mentioning That What She Said Wasn't True

Governor Jan Brewer released a statement last night in response to accusations that she lied about her father's service during World War II.

The only problem is she didn't even address the fact that she lied -- or even that people seem to think she lied.

In case you missed it, 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."

Based on those comments -- which came after immigrants' rights types compared Brewer's Arizona to Nazi Germany -- you would probably think that Brewer's dad, Wilford Drinkwine, was bravely killed fighting the Nazis in Europe.

As it turns out, Brewer's father wasn't in the military, never fought in Europe, and died in California 10 years after the war ended.

If you ask us, Jan's got some explainin' to do -- namely why she said her father died fighting Nazis in Germany when he actually died fighting lung disease in California -- but the only excuse the governor has to offer is telling us what we already know. And she doesn't even address the fact that what she told the Republic wasn't true.

Check out Brewer's entire response below.

"My father, Wilford Drinkwine, moved our family before I was born from Minnesota to Nevada to work at the Hawthorne Ammunition Depot in Western Nevada at the outset of World War II.  He passed away when I was 11 years old. His death came after a long and painful battle with lung disease, contracted following years of exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes while working as a civil servant at the base.

"I loved my father and was proud to hear him tell me that he was doing his part to help fight the Nazis in Germany.  It's a similar story that I have heard from countless people from my parent's generation -- from women who worked in the factories to other family friends I met growing up near the depot.  My father and mother instilled in me an understanding that many of those defenders of freedom who lost their lives in World War II never set foot on the battlefield. 

"Even in the end, when my dad struggled for breath, he never regretted serving his country, helping free Europe from Hitler's grip. I have proudly recounted his story in many places for many years. My father's patriotism and sacrifice needs no embellishment."

Agreed -- Drinkwine's patriotism and sacrifice during the chaotic climate of World War II America needs no embellishment, which raises an interesting question: Why did Jan Brewer embellish it?

We left a message for Brewer's press secretary last night to ask that very question, but he never got back to us.