Who’da Thunk It? Birther, Guns on Campus Bills Even Too Crazy for Az. Gov. Jan Brewer
April 19, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)— Message to nativist zealot and tenther, Arizona state Sen. President Russell Pearce (R): You know you have gone too far when even wingnut Gov. Jan Brewer (R) isn’t on board with your extremist legislation that further enshrines Arizona as a national laughingstock. A bizarre “circumcision” birther bill and an irresponsible gun nut bill that would have allowed students and teachers to pack heat on college campuses, died a quick death with the stroke of Brewer’s veto pen yesterday. Brewer said the birther bill is “a bridge too far,” and she condemned the gun bill as “ridiculous.”
Other states with Republican controlled legislatures have authored birther bills, in response to the thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that portrays President Obama as an illegal alien, but Arizona is the first state that actually succeeded in sending a birther bill to the governor’s desk. But Arizona is special, and not in a good way.
The Tucson Sentinel reports:
“As a former Secretary of State (sic), 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,” Brewer wrote in her veto message to House Speaker Kirk Adams.
“In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President (sic) 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,” Brewer wrote.
Brewer was also not impressed with the muddled language of the guns on campus bill that would have been nearly impossible to enact and enforce.
“I understand what gun laws and regulations really mean to the people and I believe in the constitution, but this bill was sloppily written and drafted,” she said. [...]
“It just wasn’t defined to tell the courts or the policeman how they’re going to enforce a law like that, that’s ridiculous,” Brewer explained.