Where is Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer? [Updated]

The controversial Republican is on a secret weeklong trip out of her state, and nobody seems to know where she is or why the leave is hush-hush

Brewer was last spotted on Monday.
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Nobody seems to know the whereabouts of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R). (See update below.) The controversial governor, best known for championing Arizona's hardball show-me-your-papers immigration law and wagging her finger in President Obama's face, left Arizona on Sunday, after informing Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) — who is acting governor, per state law — that she would be gone for a week on what her staff calls official state business. But she also skipped some pretty official-sounding business, like the second day of the Western Governors' Association meeting, which she was hosting, and the official certification of vote tallies from November's election.

Bennett says he doesn't know where Brewer is or what she's doing — the acting governor is not trying to "hunt her down," says his spokesman, and Brewer's staff "obviously knows where she is, and they are not comfortable revealing that at this time." The Arizona media is flummoxed, turning her disappearance into a half-exasperated game of "Where's Brewer?" And the Grand Canyon State's congressional delegation? "Everybody keeps asking me," but "I didn't know she was missing," Sen. Jon Kyl (R) tells The Hill. "I didn't know about this," agreed Sen. John McCain (R). "Jon just told me that there was some issue that she's not around."

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.