Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is demanding answers from the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) regarding alleged improprieties, taking the first step in the process to forcibly remove one or more of the commissioners. The commission chairman is Colleen Mathis. Commissioners are Scott Freeman, Jose Herrera, Linda McNulty and Richard Stertz. Their bios can be read in the link.
Brewer’s letter to the commissioners can be read here. She writes that she is giving notice to the members of the commission regarding allegations that they have committed substantial neglect of duty and gross misconduct in office during their service.
Gov. Brewer’s statement alleging the gross misconduct can be read here.
The governor wrote this pointed letter specifically to IRC Chair Colleen Mathis, telling her the citizens of Arizona deserve better and expect the IRC to follow the straightforward constitutional requirements prioritizing geographically compact and contiguous districts and respecting communities of interest. Otherwise, Gov. Brewer writes, the public will not have confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.
Good job, Governor Brewer!
And for the rest of us — try figuring out these maps.