Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't rule out cabinet post

Posted at 6:57 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 12:26:15-05

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she won't rule out a cabinet post as she works with Donald Trump's transition team on policy issues "important to Arizona." 

Brewer came to national prominence six years ago as she signed Arizona's controversial immigration law SB1070. She also could be advising on water and western land issues as she is rumored to be a possible pick for interior secretary.

When asked if she would accept the cabinet post, Brewer said, "There is a lot of things I'd like to do if I were [interior secretary]. I haven't ruled out anything."

Brewer, 72, served as Arizona's governor from 2009 to 2015.

When her term ended, she had planned to retire and spend time gardening.

"I just want to be very cautious and careful and make sure that I make the right decision for him [Trump] and for my family," she said.

Brewer sparked controversy when she predicted Trump would win Arizona despite an unprecedented Latino voter registration effort. She said Latinos don't vote.

"Of course we know today they didn't get out and vote the way that they had anticipated," Brewer said.

As she watches young Latinos protest the outcome of the presidential election, Brewer says they're entitled to demonstrate, but she calls some of their actions "unwise."

"Certainly some bad actions are taking place and flying the Mexican flag," Brewer said. "They don't get any sympathy for their issues pledging their allegiance to Mexico if they want us to listen. This is America."