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Arizona spends $40K on 2011 Chrysler to replace governor's ride

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Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 6:30 pm

Gov. Jan Brewer is doing what she can to help the economy.

She got herself a shiny new car.

Well, it’s not exactly Brewer’s car. Technically it belongs to the state. And it really is part of the pool of cars for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which is in charge of her security and drives her everywhere she goes.

But press aide Matthew Benson said it wasn’t like his boss was particularly angling for a new vehicle. Benson said she had been shuttled around until now in a 2008 Chrysler 300, bought by the state in 2007 for $37,112. By this summer it had logged about 85,000 miles on it.

More to the point, Benson said the vehicle had a “series of recent engine troubles,” to the point where it actually had to be towed away for repairs, once in May and once just last month.

In neither instance, though, was Brewer in the vehicle when it quit running.

“Safe, reliable transport of the governor is of paramount importance,” Benson said.

Anyway, it’s not like the state is scrapping the car. It is being returned to DPS for other uses.

The replacement vehicle should feel pretty close to normal for Brewer. It, too, is a Chrysler 300, vintage 2011, with a price tag of $40,309.

Brewer did have some small say in her new ride, having picked out the color: black.

So why would anyone make such a selection in a climate where the sun beats down more than 300 days a year?

“I think they were cheaper,’’ she said.

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