A few weeks back, this publication did its civic duty by letting everyone know why voting for Mark Finchem for Arizona Secretary of State would be dumber than wearing gasoline underwear to a bonfire. Equally stupid (if, admittedly, slightly less dangerous to Arizonans and democracy) would be allowing Mark Brnovich to hold any elected position whatsoever.
Arizona’s Attorney General Brnovich is, if anything, even more vile and craven than Finchem. He recently tried to give people a Get Out of Jail Free card. Brno (as his campaign website refers to him) has the warm, trembling thighs for Mark Kelly’s Senate seat and he is willing to shed his last bits of decency and ethics in his pursuit thereof.
Just in the past year, he has been on the wrong side of America too many times to count. He wants to help keep people who don’t look like him from voting. He tried to lend legal aid and support for the ridiculously embarrassing (and probably criminal) “audit.” And then he asked the Arizona Supreme Court if it was OK to break the law…but just that one time.
During this past legislative session, the Arizona House and Senate were so busy trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and to make sure that dark-skinned people don’t get to have such a robust electoral voice in the future, they ran out of the time they needed to stick their noses into the way municipalities and school districts choose to protect their respective constituencies.
The We Hate Democracy Caucus of the Arizona State Legislature, their collective chonies in a bunch, decided that they wanted to partner with the virus that will have killed a million Americans before it’s done. But they were unable to get an anti-mandate bill through the legislative session in time, so they tacked it onto a spending bill. This, of course, is illegal. They knew it and they knew the courts knew it. They just hoped that, with so much other nonsense going on, nobody in the real world would notice.
Well, somebody did, they took it to court and it was quickly determined to be unconstitutional. It then went before the Arizona Supreme Court, where the unconstitutionality would be chiseled in stone. But Brnovich, seeing an opportunity to do a little political grandstanding, jumped into the fray anyway. His “argument” was two pronged. First, he argued—with all the bluster of a fourth-grade bully—that, despite whatever the Constitution says, the attempt to ban all local mask mandates is not unconstitutional because it fits into a particular political narrative.
Let’s assume that at one time in his life, Brnovich was both able and willing to read and he knows what is in the Arizona Constitution he has sworn to uphold. So he throws out the BS to appeal to the School Board Meeting screamers, knowing full well that what he is spewing is, indeed, S of B. (And don’t you just love those aforementioned screamers? They’re too busy to help their poor kids with their homework but have all the time in the world to disrupt school board meetings with vulgar displays of scientific illiteracy and boneheaded selfishness.)
Anyway, so after the Court tells Brnovich what he already knows, he comes with Phase Two of his asinine argument, that being, “Sure, we all know that it’s unconstitutional, but why don’t you let the Legislature break the law this one time if they promise that they’ll never do it again?”
Yes Folks, this from the top law-enforcement official in the entire state!
Just imagine how this could become part of the fabric of Arizona. Yes Officer, I know I was going 55 in a school zone, but it’s the first and only time I’ve ever done it. So just let me go and I’ll never, ever do it again.
Or: Yes, I knew that robbing a bank was against the law, but I want to exercise my Brnovich Exception rights.
Every chance he gets, Brnovich talks about how his parents were immigrants to America. That’s cool, I guess, (mine were, too) but then he turns around and pisses all over the rights of people whose ancestors were here 1,000 years before Brno’s folks found their way to the Valley of the Sun. Consider: Only 18% of Native Americans in rural Arizona counties have home mail delivery (compared to 86% of white residents in those same counties). For many Natives, it can be up to a two-hour drive to the nearest post office to pick up and send mail. Compounding things further is the fact that as many as 40% of all households on the reservation don’t have access to a vehicle. Having someone pick up the ballots and deliver them to a polling place was a practice that went back almost to the first time Natives were allowed to vote, in 1948. (Yes, nearly 100 years after African-Americans and 30 years after women won the right to vote.)
And yet, with absolutely no evidence of any voting irregularities whatsoever, Brnovich and his Caucasian Cabal convinced the Trump Supreme Court to take the vote away from Indians.
This is not who we want in the United States Senate (which, admittedly, has become an embarrassing and useless institution).
I don’t even want him in Arizona. ■