This from our exclusive Associated Press newsfeed:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names could appear on the state’s ballot.
The bill would have made Arizona the first state to pass such a requirement. Opponents had warned the bill would give another black eye to Arizona after last year’s controversy over the state’s illegal immigration enforcement law.
Brewer said in her veto letter that she was troubled that the bill empowered Arizona’s secretary of state to judge the qualifications of all candidates when they file to run for office.
“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,” said Brewer, who was secretary of state until she became governor in 2009.
“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,” she said. “This is a bridge too far.”
Imagine that. The Arizona Governor who thinks that it’s OK to for a state to supersede federal authority on immigration reform, now thinks the ‘birthing bill’ is a bridge too far. We can be thankful that we’ve discovered that she can be counted on to evaluate a proposed law in a fair, balanced context and decide that it’s a bad bill. And it truly is.
This bill came about only because of the sordid and political tale that President Obama has no proof he was born in the United States. You just can’t make this stuff up. Here are grown people…who create legislation on behalf the people who voted them into office…and the ‘birther’ bill is the best they can do? There are no other critical problems to solve in the state of Arizona but that?