April 21, 2010
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement today about Republicans’ vote to pass “birther” legislation:
“Republicans chose today to push Arizona down the wrong track by wasting taxpayers’ time on radical and ridiculous legislation instead of working on important issues like health care for kids and seniors, jobs and education.
“Senate Bill 1024 requires Arizona to become the authority on a presidential candidate’s citizenship by requiring the 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 by the Federal Election Commission to prove that he or she is a naturally born citizen before they can run for that office.
“This crazy 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.
“It is unbelievable that Republican ideologues continue to make Arizona the laughing stock of the nation during such tough economic times, when real problems exist for middle-class families. It’s embarrassing for Arizona. Republicans have been the majority in this state for 40 years. Now more than ever, it’s time for a change.”