I know I get a little worked up sometimes, questioning the motives, integrity, and even the humanity of many of the players in AZ's political circles. Usually, however, I can step back, take a deep breath, and regain my perspective and civility.
However, Jan Brewer has utterly beaten me.
She's soulless. Purely. Simply. Unequivocally.
ABC News has the story (KNXV-TV, the local affiliate of the network, has a written story here) of how our unelected governor has refused to release a man who was unanimously granted clemency by the board *she* appointed.
William Macumber, age 75, inmate number 033867, has been in prison for over 35 years for a murder that someone else has confessed to committing.
The Arizona Executive Board of Clemency took a look at the facts of the case last year, and citing the case as a "miscarriage of justice," recommended that Macumber be released.
Jan Brewer denied the recommendation for clemency, without explanation.
Since then, the victim's son, Ronald Kempfer, has sought both his father's release and a clear explanation for Brewer's intransigence.
The closest thing to an explanation that he has received was something about how his father's release would endanger public safety and that she has made her decision and "it's final."
Now I would like an explanation of something.
Governor Brewer, I realize that you don't read blogs, but people on your staff do, so maybe one of them will bring this question to you.
Pray tell, how does an arthritic 75-year-old man with heart problems who *didn't* commit a crime constitute a threat to public safety?
Hell, with that description ("an arthritic 75-year-old man with heart problems") all they'd have to do is give him a golf cart and a place to live in Sun City. He'd blend in perfectly. (I'd make a crack about the dangers of the denizens of Sun City driving golf carts, but that's a fight I don't want to get in right now. :) )
As more than a few of the stories suggested, Brewer's concerns with the clemency may be rooted in election year politics - she doesn't want to appear to be soft on crime (the fact that he didn't actually commit the crime is irrelevent to Brewer's reasoning.)
Only in Arizona would keeping an innocent man in jail be considered a good political move.