Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is admitting it’s possible her veto of the state’s eligibility bill for office-seekers could be overturned by members of the Legislature.
“One could anticipate that because certainly they have the numbers down there, but I would be really disappointed,” the Republican Brewer told Greta Van Susteren of the Fox News Channel last night. “I am hopeful that they won’t.”
“Bottom line is that I just have to call ’em as I see ’em, and it doesn’t help Arizona,” she added. “This bill is a distraction and we just simply need to get on with the state’s business.”
The measure, House Bill 2177, would have required presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates and other documentation to appear on the ballot.
In her veto message to House Speaker Kirk Adams, Brewer wrote, “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.”
She continued: “I never imagined being presented with 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.”
Activists are already urging Arizona residents to contact their lawmakers, urging them to override the veto.
A letter one constituent sent to them states in part: “The governor says ‘one person’ should not have power over the ballot – well, she has just single-handedly vetoed a 2/3 vote of the Legislature and the will of those of us who voted you into office. I don’t understand how she can veto a veto-proof vote!
“I urgently urge all of you to please override this veto immediately and put HB2177 into law. This is simply a common-sense law which is long overdue and should have always been on the books. This should not even be a partisan issue, let alone a ‘controversial’ bill. What is the point of having requirements for various offices, if candidates do not have to prove they meet those requirements? To not pass this law is to make a mockery of the Constitution and law itself.”