Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Sane Republicans, Run Screaming from SB 1062
Over the weekend, he told Prescott's Daily Courier that, "I don't like the negative picture of Arizona, and I'm on board asking the governor to veto the bill."
He added: "I have friends that are gay and I wouldn't do anything to hurt them. This is blown way out of proportion and it's too bad."
Blown out of proportion? Not really. On CNN, when Cathi Herrod was asked if a restaurant could discriminate against a gay couple because of 1062, she refused to answer the question.
Because, of course, the answer is yes.
This morning, Pierce and fellow Republican senators Bob Worsley and Adam Driggs released a letter they sent the governor, urging her to veto the bill.
The national press has had a field day slapping Arizona around on 1062. State Representative John Kavanagh, a bill supporter, took it on the chin (um, so to speak) from CNN's Anderson Cooper, when Kav appeared on Cooper's show to defend the indefensible.
Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin, the guy who got Brewer elected in 2010, told the New York Times he was doubtful Brewer would sign 1062.
"We already have laws to sufficiently protect people's religion freedoms in this country, and this bill could actually empower people to discriminate," he opined to the Gray Lady.
Democrats, up and down the line, have opposed the legislation. But then, none of them voted for this bigoted bill to begin with.
The longer Brewer waits to veto SB 1062, the more pronounced the damage will be on Republicans running for statewide office this year, particularly when they get to their general election match-ups.
I kinda sorta wish she would sign it. Why? Because the Arizona Republican Party -- as it currently exists -- would not survive the tsunami of outrage.
And that would not be a bad thing at all.
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