Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Campbell: ‘Elected officials should not be allowed to use their positions to stand in the way of voters’

Campbell: ‘Elected officials should not be allowed to use their positions to stand in the way of voters’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A Superior Court of Maricopa County judge, today, characterized Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s decision to reject the petition signatures of about 290,000 Arizonans “arbitrary and capricious” and ordered that his office continue the process of putting the initiative on the ballot.

After the ruling, Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), issued the following statement:

“Judge Oberbillig’s ruling to allow this petition to continue the verification process shows faith in the voters of Arizona. Bennett’s decision to reject approximately 290,000 petition signatures because of a clerical error seemed arbitrary, and the judge agreed. If people want to vote on a ballot measure, we should afford them every opportunity to make sure that happens.

“The Tea Party Republicans sent a clear message to voters on this issue. Their actions make it obvious that they don’t trust Arizonans to decide what’s best for their state. Elected officials should not be allowed to use their positions to stand in the way of voters who want action because the Republican leadership in this state has failed to prioritize education and job creation. Today, the court and the voters sent a message back: ‘Tea Party Republicans are wrong.’”

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