07/13/2013 02:03 pm ET

Jan Brewer Urges GOP Unity Amid Medicaid Fight

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is encouraging Republicans in her state to unite ahead of the 2014 elections.

In an open letter sent Friday, Brewer discouraged the targeting of Republicans who supported her decision on Medicaid expansion in the state, Capitol Media Services's Howard Fischer reports.

Brewer announced in January that Arizona would participate in the expansion of Medicaid. She signed a law expanding the state's Medicaid program in June following a harsh battle with her Republican colleagues.

“To continue efforts to potentially hurt and intimidate those who stood with me only puts Republicans’ chances for electoral success next year back in harm's way,” Brewer wrote in the open letter. “Democrats are looking for ways to tip the scales on a statewide level to increase Democrat turnout."

Despite her plea, opponents of Medicaid expansion aren't backing down easily. Rep. Carl Seel (R-Phoenix) said those who supported Brewer should "suffer" for their decision.

“I think that the people who voted with the Democrats for the largest example of socialized medicine in Arizona history should suffer the wrath of the Republican voters in the next Republican primary,” Seel said.

Click here for more on the letter and Republicans' reactions from Capitol Media Service.



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