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Jan Brewer Western Governors Association Keynote Speech Draws Only Two Colleagues

FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pauses during a news conference as she reacts after the Unit
FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pauses during a news conference as she reacts after the United States Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB1070, after the ruling comes down in Phoenix. Organizations that advocate for immigrant rights on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse an order by Jan Brewer that denies driving licenses to young immigrants who have obtained work permits and avoided deportation thanks to a new policy of President Barack Obama. The lawsuit alleges that Arizona's order actually classifies called "dreamers" as immigrants without permission to reside in the United States. The organizations asked a federal judge to declare unconstitutional the order because federal law takes precedence and because it denies licenses without a valid excuse. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) played something of a host this weekend as her colleagues convened for the Western Governors Association's annual winter meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz. When it came time for her to deliver her keynote address, however, most of her fellow governors were nowhere to be found.

As 3TV News reports, only two of the 19 governors gathered at the conference were in attendance as Brewer spoke on Saturday night. The two governors present, Colorado's John Hickenlooper (D) and Utah's Gary Herbert (R), serve as vice chairman and chairman of the Western Governors Association.

Earlier at the conference, which was largely focused on energy issues this year, Brewer drew attention for her answer to a question about global warming.

“Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made,” Brewer responded, when asked by 3TV's Dennis Welch. “I believe that, you know, that weather and certain elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

Apparently miffed by the question, she confronted Welch after her answer, asking him, "Where in the hell did that come from?"

Speculation over Brewer's political future is currently a hot topic in Arizona. Though she will technically be term-limited in 2014 after serving an entire term -- as well as part of the term of her predecessor, former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, whom President Barack Obama took to Washington, D.C. to be Homeland Security Secretary -- there has been talk of Brewer mounting a legal battle in order to run again. Brewer has also been included in a list of Republicans who may be positioning themselves for a presidential run in 2016. Politico reported on Monday that she had met with billionaire casino mogul and powerful GOP donor Sheldon Adelson during a recent trip to Las Vegas.

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