Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arizona Governor Vetoes Birther Bill

Via TPM:

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), who has been a darling on the right for her battles with the Obama administration over illegal immigration, health care and other issues, has now taken a potentially bold step against the Tea Party base: She has vetoed a “birther bill” — a piece of legislation motivated by conspiracy theories about President Obama place of birth, requiring candidates for public office to submit proof of U.S. citizenship to the state Secretary of State before they could appear on the state’s ballot.

“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 said in her veto message, the Associated Press reports. Brewer herself is a former Arizona Secretary of State.

“In addition, 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 circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. This is a bridge too far.”

It’s not necessarily a dead issue; the bill passed by wide margins in the GOP-dominated state legislature.

I’m sure the teabaggers will now target her as a socialist co-conspirator along with anyone else who thinks the president was really born in Hawaii.