Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prop 111: Are Independents Prohibited From Seeking the Gov's Office?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Rob Robb fires back at the chairmen of Prop 111, which would replace the Arizona secretary of state with a lieutenant governor:

According to the co-chairmen of the Proposition 111 campaign committee, Tom Simplot and Jonathan Paton, “there is nothing in the proposition that would preclude the election of an independent candidate for governor and lieutenant governor.”

But there is.

Proposition 111 plainly says: “each nominee for the office of governor shall run on a ticket as a joint candidate in the general election with the nominee for the office of lieutenant governor from the same political party as the nominee for governor.” (Emphasis added.)

“Each” means every single candidate, no exceptions. “Shall” means it's mandatory. “From the same political party” means, well, from the same political party. Independents don't belong to a political party. So, by the clear and explicit language of Proposition 111, they are ineligible for either the office of governor or lieutenant governor.

Moreover, this is a constitutional requirement that cannot be amended or fixed by legislation.
Asserting differently doesn't make it so.

Read the rest of Robb's concerns here.

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