Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is in the national headlights as she considers SB 1062, a bill passed by the Arizona legislature to strengthen protections on religious liberty for state businesses – including protecting business owners from legal action if they choose to deny access to customers based on religious grounds. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) declared, “This would allow any restaurant or bar-owner to puts up a sign that says ‘No Gays Served.’”
“You know, the bill is in transmittal and I don’t have to make a decision until next Friday so I’ve got plenty of time,” Brewer said at a governors meeting in Washington, D.C. But it doesn’t matter. Here are seven reasons Brewer will likely veto the bill:
1. Her top political adviser told her not to sign it
“I’ve encouraged her to veto the bill,” HighGround Public Affairs Consultants president Chuck Coughlin told Phoenix Business Journal. ”This isn’t her priority.”
Coughlin and his partner managed Brewer’s successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign and remain senior advisers to Brewer.
2. Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year
Brewer vetoed a 2013 bill with many of the same provisions, but not necessarily because she objected to it. Her veto, she claimed, was due to a policy of not considering any new pieces of legislation until Republican lawmakers backed her controversial Medicaid expansion.
3. Democrats have nationalized the issue
Forget the companies like American Airlines and Marriott urging her not to sign it. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) blasted out a fundraising campaign Monday against “Arizona’s Homophobic, Discriminatory Bill,” meaning that the national Democratic party would make the bill a wedge issue in the midterm congressional elections if Brewer signs it into law, painting all Republicans with the Todd Akin brush. Regardless of whether Brewer, who is term-limited, chooses to challenge state law and seek re-election in 2014, she can’t afford to hurt fellow Republicans nationally. Which brings us to…