The Tuscon Sentinel reports that Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed HB 2177, the so-called “birther bill” that would require special forms of birth certificates be submitted by presidential candidates, specifically the type birthers have been demanding of President Obama since he posted his Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth on his campaign web site in 2008.
As a former Secretary of State, 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…. 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 or circumcision certificates” among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.
The bill’s sponsor, Carl Seel, said in an earlier interview that he believed the votes were there to override a Governor’s veto, since every Republican in the heavily Republican majority legislature supports the bill. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Update: Here is the text of the letter Governor Brewer sent to the legislature.
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