Terry Goddard, Arizona's Spineless Attorney General, Betrays His Base of Supporters

GODDARD'S ICE PICK

Saturday's massive anti-SB 1070 march in Phoenix — estimated at anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 strong — concluded at the state Capitol, where several speakers and performing acts took the stage to address the faithful.

Aside from Mexican-American recording artist Jenni Rivera, the ethnically and racially diverse crowd reserved its warmest reception for Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who led attendees in chants of "Si, se puede!" and looked like he was coveting the honorary title of Phoenix's "first Hispanic mayor," much in the same way President Bill Clinton was once dubbed, in pre-Barack Obama times, America's "first black President."

As he's done elsewhere, Señor Phil blasted Arizona's reviled "papers, please" legislation. He urged the Obama administration to quickly file a much-anticipated legal action seeking to enjoin the law from taking effect.

"Let's call out to the [U.S.] attorney general and the president of the United States," he told the crowd, "to, please, come to Arizona and file that lawsuit to stop this law now!"

Granted, Gordon's not running for anything these days, but his stance is in marked contrast to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who recently slipped Sand Land's Hispanic population an ice pick to the kidney by vowing to "vigorously defend" the law if and when the feds file suit.

See, Goddard, a Democrat, wants to be governor, just like his daddy was long ago. But since Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 on April 23, she's shot past Goddard in the polls, as if someone spiked her prune juice with crystal meth.

The most recent Scott Rasmussen survey had Brewer at 52 percent, Goddard at 39. That is, if you buy the results of a pollster who consistently under-represents Hispanics and is as skewed right as Glenn Beck's gray matter.

Thing is, Goddard buys 'em. Either that or he has his own polls similarly showing him in the ditch. So he figured it was time to kick the brown folk in the pants and go nativist to win voters' approval.

After meeting with a team of law dogs from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department, Goddard held a snap press conference to tell the public in gunslinger terms that "Arizona will fight back" if the DOJ files, and he'll be the one playing Gary Cooper in High Noon.

Goddard previously had labeled the law "misguided" and bemoaned "the unfunded mandates on law enforcement agencies" as a result of the law's forcing cops to ask for the IDs of those they reasonably suspect are in the country sans docs. But here he was acting like the feds were doing a bad thing in possibly trying to halt a rotten statute.

"I told the lawyers that it would be just plain wrong for the federal government to sue to stop Arizona from dealing with something that the federal government has ignored for so many years," the spineless pol told the press.

Goddard went on to tut-tut the concerns of civil libertarians, Latinos, and just about everyone with a lick of sense that the new law will lead to racial profiling. He claimed that it would be wrong to assume that Arizona police officers would ever act in an unprofessional manner.

To which, I say, let's spray-paint Goddard brown, stick him in a pickup truck, and leave him in the barrio the next time Sheriff Joe Arpaio does a sweep. Joe's thugs can then teach him all about "professional" law enforcement.

You'd think he'd learned that lesson from harassment by Arpaio from a bogus investigation that the sheriff kept going indefinitely to mess with the AG's head. But apparently not.

In an extra stab of the ice pick, Goddard announced that his office would defend Arizona's counties, which have been sued by organizations including the ACLU, MALDEF, and the NAACP, in an attempt to have a federal judge intervene over SB 1070.

Goddard's about-face is similar to Senator John "Duh Dang Fence" McCain's 180 on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Not that such a flip-flop's going to save Goddard's caboose in the fall anymore than it's going to save McCain's.

To the argument that some have made that Terry's just doing his job, defending the state in court like he must, Governor Brewer offered the best comeback: She up and said that if the feds sue, she doesn't want Goddard to defend her — she'll get her own lawyers.

Hell, the hate-group FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) would do it pro bono. After all, one of its attorneys, nativist extremist Kris Kobach, wrote the odious legislation for its prime sponsor, state Senator Russell Pearce, the neo-Nazi-hugger.

So now Goddard's ostensibly aligning himself with the nativist forces, effectively spitting in the faces of those who marched Saturday — and in everyone else's who opposes the law.

BATTLE LINES

After crooning a tune or two onstage, songstress Jenni Rivera pretty much summed up to her audience the situation with Arizona's immigration law.

"What this law is trying to do is not only . . . separate families," she said. "[Those who support it are] trying to discriminate, to single us out. They're haters, baby."

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stacey e
stacey e

Why is it that everyone complaining about our laws can never come up with original insults? It shows the lack of intelligence of the majority of these people that the best they can do is throw around words like nazi, and declare that this is all driven by hate. It's really pathetic. Maybe if their country was being overrun by useless, criminal overbreeding scum, they would be fueled by "hate" as well. Oh, that's right, their country doesn't allow illegal immigration. What a bunch of damned hypocrites.Oh, boo hoo-they're seperating families. Families that had no business being here in the first place. And stop with the horseshit, "Doing the jobs we won't do" excuse. I've worked those jobs we supposedly won't do, and so have both of my brothers. The only reason we "don't" do those jobs anymore, is because illegals live 10-20 in a single family home, take less pay than we can reasonably live on, and then don't pay taxes on that pay. The employers don't pay taxes to employ them, and they go to the grocery store and pay with $100 bills. The reason these dickheads are whining, is because they've been cheating us and our government for so long, they believe they now have the right to. They love hiding behind the "discrimination" accusations, because they don't have the intellect necessary to face reality. The reality is that they've contributed to bankrupting our country. If they really cared about living in this country and being citizens, they'd stop sending tons of our money back to that shithole they call their country, they'd stop refusing to speak the language of our country, and they'd stop with all their nationalist bullshit. If mexico is so great, stay there.-Stacey E.

Evan
Evan

Goddard is definitely a spineless wonder. He has never prosecuted a whitecollar crime while an AG. Get that. What a hoot. Let's expose what Goddard is NOT doing as an AG. He is a nitwit to boot.

Kaileigh
Kaileigh

It is Attorney General Goddard's job to defend Arizona whether or not he agrees with what he is defending. He was elected to this position and he will do his job the best he can. Goddard does not support SB 1070 and this was not a way of "betraying" anyone. He is doing his job as attorney general. And because of his dedication to his job, he will be a good governor for Arizona. He puts Arizona first -- regardless of his own agenda. That is what we need.

Sarum
Sarum

Phoenix New Times is a shill for the globalists who want us all to be slaves. Their classification as an "entertainment weekly" means that they can't be prosecuted for their bias and poison that they spew out. They have to give it away because nobody in their right mind would buy it.

Jerome
Jerome

Nice try, NancyBoy Lemons. But no one's buying this crap from Goddard. He's a liberal nitwit, just like you, and could no more conduct an intelligent defense of this law than you could. He doesn't understand or agree with the legal concepts, which in fact mirror the Federal government's own immigration laws and differ only by the requirement to actually enforce the law.

But you probably know that, don't you, you open borders pansy.

Coz
Coz

Is that why you read it Mike ?

>>Mike 06/09/2010 5:38:42 AMThe New Times has always been a horrible paper written by hack writers that cant get a REAL job.

Smiles03200
Smiles03200

I like to read it..Love your comments very funny.....ha ha

Teresa Rodriguez
Teresa Rodriguez

My friends ask me will it pass, and lately I have had to say yes , I donot see anyone with enough cloud to stop this Racists law from going into effect next month. I can not believe that in this day and age we are facing this kind of profiling , instead of going forward with equality for all we are stepping back full blast to what was happening in the '60s with the black people in the south. What is wrong with this "white so called Republican Christians," have they lost the way of the Lord. Shame on them and may they get what they deserve! And what about the illegal people who work for them as maids, baby sitters or nannies, gardners and all those positions that I and many other american citzens will not do? Are they going to be protected by them or excempt from that stupid racist bill, signed by a woman kissing up to White -neo Nazis that run this state(but donot have the balls to say yes we are that, so what?)My hat goes off to Hughes for been honest even if I donot agree with his beliefs, he has what it takes to say yes and what of it ? I cannot wait to see Arizona in 1 to 2years from now if that bill stays in place, I just hope that I will be at least 500 miles away from the state border in any direction of my country the USA, because even though I am of Mexican descent I would not live in Mexico even if they paid me, that is why the good hard working illegal people already here dread what this Bill is going to do to them. I know because I have been with them and cried with them and prayed with them over the impact this will have on them and all of us of darker /or hispanic looking ways.. May God have Mercy on the weak and just and the rich and mighty get their just rewards, in Jesus name Amen

Bill
Bill

Again -

1907 Words of Theodore Roosevelt The year is 1907, one hundred and 3+ years ago. Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Every American citizen needs to read this!

Mike
Mike

The New Times has always been a horrible paper written by hack writers that cant get a REAL job.

James Bailey
James Bailey

I'm surprised at the lack of journalistic fortitude at the New Times these days. A simple search for and reading of the statutes that govern the duties of the Attorney General would have allowed New Times to put into context the requirement that Terry Goddard represent the State of Arizona in a lawsuit brought against it.

If soon-to-be-Governor Goddard had decided not to represent the State, provisions in the statutes would make it possible for an impeachment proceeding to be brought against him for failure to uphold the duties of his office.

Is that what New Times wants? Sure would make for some juicy copy - years of right-wing nut-jobs creating scandalous story after scandalous story. Boring old Terry Goddard, what journalist would want to right about that - a stable government based on solid constitutional principles of justice.

It's a shame how, with just a little more research on the part of the author of this article, a real nuanced and supremely interesting story might have been told.

BTW - The Green Party is a spoiler party and is not interested in real political reform - just rabble rousing and turning this country over to the corporatists by urging defeat of real progressives.

Roslyn
Roslyn

Just the facts mate!I1-Intelligent people-unlike this reporter-who are properly informed and have read the dozen and a half page bill-know that the AZ law is a mirror of our country's Federal law that the weasely feds refuse to enforce.They also know that:2-Virginia has a similar law in one of it's counties.3-Missouri passed almost identical legislation in 2008, and in 2009 even more stringent laws regarding benefits for illegals [read criminals] in our country. 4-In 2007 Oklahoma passed the same kind of legislation. Under the laws of the USA, if you are here illegally you are a criminal because you have broken the laws of our land.In all of the above states crime fell dramatically along with the states' costs for education and medical care to the illegals.PS. I too am an immigrant as are the majority of ancestors of US residents, but the difference is-we did it the right way!

ZC
ZC

Sorry, I'd rather have Goddard "defending" this pile of trash than some wingnut lawyer like the guy who actually drafted the legislation in Kansas. Terry Goddard has come out against the law and it's very telling that Herr Fuhrer Brewer has come out against Goddard defending this legislation. Vote Terry Goddard in 2010--he is truly a man who is fighting for a common sense Arizona and we desperately need a Democrat in the Governor's office to veto some of this shit coming from the GOP, which will only increase in the next legislative session.

Ricky Herd
Ricky Herd

Mexican nationals can be Brown and Proud in Mexico.Americans do not want illegals Here! Period!!

Jeff Rivers
Jeff Rivers

Question: Is that a real neo-Nazi or are you just claiming he is because he supports SB1070 because, well, one of his cohorts there is black. Just an observation.

When will you guys finally realize that Democrats are MORE anti-illegal immigrant than Republicans? Bill Clinton vigorously deported more illegal immigrants and went after more businesses that hired illegal immigrants than any recent Republican administration. Why would Obama do SQUAT?

Bush was the closest President we had to being pro-illegal immigrant, and McCain would have fulfilled that. Democrats are anti-immigrant and you all should know that.

Redstatedem
Redstatedem

Republicans wrote and passed a companion bill to 1070 expressly to keep Terry off this case. They did an end-around... playing politics and trying to legislate away the AG's duties and powers. Unless Terry stands up now, even in this odeous case, future AG's might be stripped of their duty to represent the state in lawsuits, brought at the whim of political miscreants like Brewer, Pearce, Adams and Arpaio. He's taking an unpopular stance that he knows is right. I wish he didn't have to, too, but that's leadership.

sarum
sarum

Having been clued in that neo-Nazi's would be in attendance at the Stand With Arizona Rally, many many many mixed race families chose not to show up. Most born in the USA people of Mexican descent support SB1070 as far as I can tell but these people have no place to safely show their support of the law. In the hinterlands, like Douglas, everything is about brown power now. If you are a light skinned Mexican you are in trouble. If you were born in the US you are in trouble. If you are proficient in English you are in trouble. This looks very promising for the integrity of the nation ha ha ha ha . . . . why don't you do an article explaining the truth of why gazillionaires like George Soros fund open border initiatives? They want us all at slave wages and you fools at Phoenix New Times obviously support that. Why don't you be real rebels and step out and lead the people to where the true battle is?

Lee
Lee

Wouldn't it be wonderfully refreshing to see a politico actually take a principled stand whether it was unpopular or not? It might actually win more votes!

What, after all, is Goddard doing with this strategy in his competition with Brewer? Isn't he just offering voters the choice between voting for a racist (Brewer) and voting for an opportunist willing to give lip service to a racist law if it will make his poll number jump? Is that what you want in the gubernatorial race, a battle between the racist and the fake racist?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

We need Democrats that are willing to fight and not afraid to speak up. 1070 is an example how our elected ones waited too long. The Media was hungry for them to speak up and they mostly hid during the battle.

And this whole immigration issue reminds me of Bush's Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is no mushroom cloud people! Migrants are not criminals.

DeeDee
DeeDee

Republicans are more outspoken on immigration while Democrats have their fair share of closet racists.

Leonard Clark
Leonard Clark

This is why we cannot trust the Democrats or the Republicans. Terry Goddard just lost the election. Rahm Emmanuel was wrong when he said: "Progressives have nowhere to go" ! We have a choice, we don't have to vote for two corrupt political parties, Vote Green !Leonard ClarkGreen Party

Tired of the "sarah palin effe
Tired of the "sarah palin effe

The right-wing nuts will not get our votes. Between Brewer and Goddard, we'll vote for the professional -- Terry Goddard.

tyler
tyler

Um, Let's not trash Goddard, unless of course you want Brewer to win. He has to play to the middle, you act like he killed a puppy!

solutionsforreal
solutionsforreal

Goddard is the best candidate out there, so stop trashing him every chance you get. He ONLY offered to have the Attorney General's office defend it because THAT is the state agency he heads. He is between a rock and a hard place trying to bring some rational leadership to this state and all you do with an article like this is muddy the waters. We can't keep this racists, right wingers in office, and Goddard is a smart, sensible, leader that will make our state work again....stop your bashing him and start being part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Stephen, Arizona lacks the leadership to keep checks and balances in the justice system, in law enforcement, in the county attorney's office, in the legislature where terrible legislation gets passed (written by those from out of state???-insanity) and the state. So who controls Arizona? It's time to put all the puppet heads back on the cover.

Naomi1976
Naomi1976

Not to mention, Goddard secured our state with a $94 million settlement and an agreement by Western Union to change internal policies and give law enforcement access to information on money transfers. Which is a HUGE deal when it come to drug cartels and human smuggling!

The Western Union settlement is now going towards a Border Crime Prosecution Team that will continue going after border criminals.

Goddard sees the big picture. Let's stop going after the law abiding people and go after the cartels and coyotes.

Thank you Terry Goddard. You have my vote this November.

Naomi1976
Naomi1976

I totally disagree. Terry Goddard has done nothing but work for the constituents of Arizona. This man continues to lead the fight against border crimes committed by the Mexican drug and human smuggling cartels.He is and has been going after the real trouble makers. Something that other political leaders don't seem to fully understand. Federal comprehensive immigration reform is a must.

 
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