April 21, 2010
The go-to AZ birther bill critic, Rep KRYSTEN SINEMA (D-Phoenix) weighed in via a statement. Her first comments when the bill was just introduced proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that barry would not be able to pass the scrutiny the bill would call for…a birth certificate.
And again, she gets the issue wrong. What’s a “naturally born” citizen?
Republicans continue to take Arizona down the wrong track by wasting taxpayers time on frivolous legislation instead of working on important issues like health care for kids and seniors and education.
Republican Rep. Judy Burges amendment to Senate Bill 1024 today would require the Arizona secretary of state to verify a presidential candidate’s birth certificate before the candidate’s name is allowed on a ballot in Arizona.
A presidential candidate already is required to prove that he or she is a naturally born citizen before they can run for that office.
This bill is nothing more than a waste of taxpayers time when the legislature should be working to fix more important issues like the fact that it eliminated KidsCare, which forfeits all federal health care dollars for kids and seniors in Arizona.
And yet, on Sinema’s website, under “IMPORTANT LINKS” she refers her constitutents to the the Secy of State website for voting and other election information.
Present AZ Secretary of State KEN BENNETT (Republican, previous president of AZ Senate) is concerned that creating state-level eligibility requirements to run for federal office could violate the U.S. Constitution. Which of course makes no sense.
Bennett spokesman MATTHEW BENSON via email:
While everyone has an interest in ensuring that only eligible citizens run for president, there are obvious issues with states implementing what could become a patchwork of different tests for a presidential candidate to prove his/her citizenship.