Is Governor Jan Brewer ready to become the most hated woman in Arizona by signing SB 1070?
Prior to that, her message to the venerable charitable organization was practically the same as to the AHCC.
"I have heard your concern about immigration reform...While I'm not prepared to announce a decision on Senate Bill 1070 this evening, I can tell you what I decide will be based on what is right for Arizona."
Um, OK, whatever, Guv. You sure as shinola were not going to sign the bill today and then waltz into CPLC.
Nah, better to stop by, say a few meaningless words, then sign it Friday. That way, you don't have to flip off the Hispanic community in person.
Mayor Phil Gordon, the next speaker up at bat, gave her a possible out: Why not send the bill back to the legislature, and call a special session to fix what's wrong with the bill?
Such a move would be a nice CYA move for Brewer, but there are two problems with this suggestion: The bill is a travesty that cannot be fixed; and to do this would require a smidgen of political courage on Brewer's part. Plus, some political imagination. I don't see her as a woman with either.
Before Brewer's speech, CPLC Board Chair Erica Gonzalez-Melendez lectured the Governor on why she should reject SB 1070.
"We are the people whose sons and daughters have fought greatly for this nation," she said. "People who've buried their sons, their heroes in this soil. Now, as you consider signing a bill that makes those same people second class citizens...Governor, we want to remind you that we vote too.
"Governor we ask. Actually, we respectfully demand that you veto Senate Bill 1070."
The line earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Today there were 3,000 students on the lawn of the Capitol urging Brewer to veto SB 1070. Many of them had skipped classes to be there.
But I don't think those 3,000 students had any more effect on Brewer than did Gonzalez-Melendez's lecture. KTAR
has reported that its sources are telling them that Brewer will sign the bill. But at this point, is that really news?
It will be news if she vetoes the bill, however. Big news.
(Note: Thanks to my colleague Jose Munoz for the photos. For more by Munoz, check out his Web site photosbyjosemunoz.com