Has the Arizona legislature finally jumped the shark?
A week after they passed SB 1062, a bill that would allow private businesses to refuse services to members of the LGBT community, Arizona lawmakers would be lucky to find a single prominent member of the GOP or Republican strategist who supports their bill — and that includes the state’s two Senators and some of the very lawmakers who passed the bill itself.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision on whether to sign or veto the bill is due by Saturday. Here’s a list of people trying to sway her to do the latter.
John McCain, Senator from Arizona
I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 24, 2014
Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona
I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 22, 2014
Steve Schmidt, former John McCain Senior Campaign Advisor
“It makes the party of Lincoln and Reagan look small, closed and intolerant and exacerbates our political differences with every single demographic group in America that is growing,” Schmidt told POLITICO.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 25, 2014
Matthew Dowd, Former George W Bush Campaign Strategist
Dowd was one of the earliest voices to denounce the bill.
“I think in the end Governor Brewer is going to veto this,” he said on This Week With George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday. “It’s an easy veto to do because of the things going in the business economy there.” Dowd went on to say the proponents of the bill were using their religion to cloak discrimination in much the same way Islamic terrorists used Islam to endorse violence.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 25, 2014
Mike Murphy, GOP Political Consultant
“Bill should be vetoed and buried,” Murphy emailed to POLITICO. “Bad on merits and politically it gives the Democrats a useful wedge issue.”
Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs, and Steve Pierce, Arizona Senators Who Voted for the Bill
At least three Arizona legislators who voted in favor of the bill now want Brewer to veto it, claiming they either didn’t realize its discriminatory impact or hadn’t figured on the public backlash that could depress the state’s economy.
“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” they wrote. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”
Hard to tell. Two sources closed to Brewer told news outlets Tuesday that she was planning to veto the bill, but her office refuted that later in the day, meaning she was probably using the leaks to gauge public reaction to a veto.
Brewer tweeted cryptically Tuesday night that she would “do the right thing for Arizona”:
I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona. #SB1062
— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) February 26, 2014
…the same thing she told CNN’s Dana Bash Monday evening:
Brewer actually has a history of going against her own GOP legislature; if everybody on this list gets their wish, she’ll do so again now.
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