SB 1062 Uproar: Can Arizona Democrats Capitalize on It in November?
"If I were governor, I wouldn't have waited for this bill to get to my desk," he said in a statement. "I would have stopped it before it passed. I would have made it very clear to the Legislature that they shouldn't bother sending me this legislation."
He noted that the bill was a "job-killer," which has been borne out by the business community's near-universal condemnation of 1062 and its call that Brewer veto the "right-to-discriminate" legislation.
One by one, business associations such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce have called for Brewer to gig this six-legged radioactive frog and be finished with it.
Businesses like Apple, American Airlines, and Marriott, have done likewise.
Suddenly, the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale is in trouble with the National Football League, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, each issuing statements of concern over 1062 and support for tolerance and inclusiveness.
The only Republican gubernatorial candidates to embrace 1062 have been disgraced, disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and hapless ol' state Senator Al Melvin, who made the mistake of trying to defend 1062 on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.
Asked by Cooper to offer one -- just one -- example of religious persecution in Arizona that would make the law necessary, Melvin looked like a kid trying to recall the capital of Rhode Island for his grade-school teacher.
"But you can't cite one example where religious freedom is under attack," Cooper stated.
Straining, Melvin replied: "Not now, no, but how about tomorrow?"
It was almost as fun watching state Representative John Kavanagh get eviscerated during a different segment by Cooper and a New York University law school professor.
At the end, Kavanagh tried an old tactic from 1070 days by telling the prof and Cooper, "You got to read the bill."
Cooper cut off Kavanagh, "Well, we have all read the bill."
As the great Jackie Gleason was wont to say, "Mmmmm, how sweet it is!"