When the president selected then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to serve as head of Department of Homeland Security, Arizonans were assured that nothing horrific would transpire during Napolitano’s ascension.
Yes, Jan Brewer, the politician who eventually replaced Napolitano was a Republican, and had not been elected to the position of governor, but Napolitano’s constituency were assured Brewer was a capable replacement for their departed leader.
However, since the 2009 succession, Brewer has revealed herself to be a radical conservative, who unapologetically infringes on the rights of gays, women, and ethnic minorities.
She signed legislation allowing people to bring guns into bars, and repealed legislation that granted domestic partners of state employees the right to be considered dependents. More recently, she passed one of the most anti-immigrant laws in the country’s history, blatantly unconstitutional, and yet another regressive bill that severely restricts a woman’s access to abortion coverage.
Now, Brewer will have the opportunity to sign yet another strikingly intolerant piece of legislation. She will soon have to decide whether or not she endorses a bill that outlaws ethnic studies programs in public schools.