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In a rare moment of sanity in a state not known for logic, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Monday vetoed a controversial bill that would require Presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before they could appear on ballots in that state.
The bill, a knee-jerk political homage to the so-called “birther” movement popular with the rabid right and aimed directly at President Barack Obama, come from the state that spawned the illegal immigration law that allows profiling and widespread discrimination against those of Hispanic descent.
Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it gives the state’s secretary of state virtually unlimited power to determine who can and cannot appear on a Presidential ballot in Arizona.
Brewer, a former secretary of state in Arizona, said “I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary and politically motivated decisions. 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.”
A circumcision certificate is listed in the bill as one of the records that a candidate could submit to prove citizenship.
Opponents to the Arizona bill say the law could be just another black eye for a state that has kowtowed to the right-wing fringe in recent years.