How do you take on a sitting governor who’s beating you in the polls and also happens to be a woman? If you’re Buz Mills, the wealthy gun range owner and former Marine, you apparently tell voters it’s time to elect “a real man.”
The Arizona Guardian broke the story overnight. Mills recently sent voters a flier with big, bold text on the cover proclaiming: “It’s time to hire a real man to secure Arizona’s border.”
One of four Republicans challenging Gov. Jan Brewer in the primary, Mills then goes on to call himself “the man for the job” and “the man we can trust.” He also mentions he’s a pilot and a former Marine.
The governor’s campaign responded by calling it sexist. “A lot of women will have a negative reaction to that,” the campaign’s legal consultant, Lisa Hauser, told the Guardian. “It’s unnecessary to suggest she’s not up to the task because she’s not a guy.”
Mills’ campaign manager, who, by the way, is also a woman, denied the flier was meant to be sexist and blamed the poor word choice on a mix up at the print shop. Camilla Strongin told the Guardian the mailer should have said it’s time to hire “a real leader” for the job.
Brewer is the third woman in a row – and the fourth in Arizona history – to occupy the governor’s office.
Heat City obtained its own copy of the mailer. Click for full-sized images: