Brewer’s Veto Response to Presidential Candidate Proof of Citizenship Bill

Here is the letter issued by Governor Jan Brewer regarding her veto of HB 2177.

The Honorable Kirk Adams
Speaker of the House
Arizona House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Re; House Bill 2177 (presidential candidates, qualifications, affidavit)

Dear Speaker Adams:

Today I vetoed House Bill 2177. House Bill 2177 empowers the Secretary of State or other election officers in Arizona to judge the qualifications of every federal, state and local candidate at the time of filing. As a former Secretary of State, I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically-motivated decisions.

In addition, I never imagined being presented witha a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their “early baptismal or circumcision certificates” among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.

This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.

cc: The Honorable Russell Pearce
The Honorable Carl Seel

 


Comments

  1. Who wrote this bill? Circumcision certificate?? Thanks, Governor Brewer for your veto of this farce. And for the gun bill veto, too.

    Now, let’s get on with things “constructive for Arizona.” A good start would be to trigger ethics investigations of the lawmakers involved in the Fiesta Bowl mess. Criminal investigations if necessary and if laws have been broken, consequences should follow. “Not knowing the law” and blaming the Fiesta Bowl people is unacceptable.

    It looks like legislators in Arizona are accountable to no one; is that true? Let’s get that house cleaned up; voters, it must be up to us.

  2. Whats a “Bridge too far”?

  3. Hey, wait a minute, is she ridiculing the AZ legislature? Why does she need to say this?

    “In addition, I never imagined being presented witha a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their “early baptismal or circumcision certificates” among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.”

    If she has reasons to veto, thats one thing, but to editorialize and impugn our legislators is irresponsible. Did she just through that in to get a dig into the Leg Leadership?

    Did she do that so John Stewart can quote her and make fun of AZ? Thats a cheap shot Jan.

    • John Doe, P.E. says

      She’s putting distance between herself and the Senate. That’s a smart move on her part. This is the Senate President’s dog ass sandwich, and she’s letting him have the whole meal.

      Calling legislators out for their ineptitude is honorable. It calls BS when its clearly visible. After the SB 1070 bashings she received, I find her refreshing.

      Ed Meacham would be impressed.

  4. ………………………….
    Fred says:
    April 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    Whats a “Bridge too far”?
    …………………

    If it involved a bridge for a high-speed rail Phoenix to Honolulu, then it’d still be viable.

  5. Nordine Crub says

    Full moon tonight. This should bring out the tin foil hat loonies out in full force. Is there a state in the nation with more conspiracy nuts? You go Jan. Keep on vetoing!

  6. Maybe Gov. Jan Brewer discovered that the Obama family is of the Luo tribal group and they, as tribal custom, do NOT circumcise. So, that’d be a waste of time looking for that certificate.

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  7. Thank you Governor Brewer – Mike Triggs, LD8 Precinct Committeeman

  8. The people of Arizona deserve to have only LEGITIMATE candidates on the ballot. Obviously, Brewer feels otherwise. Raspberries to her.

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