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The Pulse: Brewer takes tree talk to religious crowd

Gov. Jan Brewer bragged on her Facebook page last week of introducing mega-minister Joel Osteen (or “Olsteen” as she wrote numerous times) Friday in front of a crowd of 15,000 at Jobing.com Arena in her hometown of Glendale.

Also on hand was Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, and Brewer posted photos on Facebook of herself with both men.

“The cheers were deafening when I announced that I was bringing Christmas back to the Capitol!” Brewer wrote on her page.

True. But Brewer actually didn’t raise the issue last month until the media (i.e. the Arizona Capitol Times and later others) asked her what she was going to call the fake evergreen in the lobby of the Capitol.

In fact, when we first inquired about what Brewer would call the tree (Napolitano called it a Holiday Tree) the original response from her office was rather cool: “Yes, she recognizes it as a Christmas tree.”

UofA president gets personal
The UofA’s Daily Wildcat quizzed university president Robert Shelton this week in the student paper’s “On the spot” column.

Readers learned that the more reserved of Arizona’s three university presidents prefers In-N-Out Burger to McDonalds.

He uses wheat bread over white. He’s a PC guy and still uses Internet Explorer. Then reporter Brian Kimball got personal with the prez, asking if Shelton prefers boxers or briefs.

“Briefs,” Shelton answered, apparently laughing. Now we just need ASU State Press to check in with President Michael Crow.

Former Napolitano aide leaving firm
Former gubernatorial press secretary Jeanine L’Ecuyer is leaving Ziemba Waid Public Affairs at the end of the week.

L’Ecuyer said she doesn’t know what she’s going to do next.

“I took a week off after the Napolitano administration, and it wasn’t enough,” she said. “This will be the first holiday season I have off in five years.”

L’Ecuyer said her departure should not be taken as a sign that the lobbyist/public relations firm, closely aligned with Napolitano, is shifting to D.C.-only operations.

“The Arizona operation is very active,” she said. Of her departure, L’Ecuyer said: “It has very little to do with Ziemba Waid. It has to do with Jeanine being tired.”

- Daniel Scarpinato is editor of the “Yellow Sheet Report,” a subscription-based daily tip-sheet covering Arizona politics and the Legislature. Contact him at 602-889-7126 or daniel.scarpinato@azcapitoltimes.com
. Follow him on Twitter: Scarpinato.

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