Saturday, November 5, 2011
Governor Brewer, anticipating a “flawed product” from the commission, used her party’s supermajority in the Senate to engineer the two-thirds vote needed for the chairwoman’s removal. An attempt also to oust the commission’s two Democrats fell short of enough votes. It is unclear what will come of the issue in court fights now brewing. But voters who opted for something better 11 years ago should score Ms. Mathis’s removal as a deliberate act of political intimidation — and a cynical attempt to end run the law.