Last night Arizona Senate President Bob Burns, in what is viewed by many as a legislative temper tantrum, booted two colleagues in leadership from key posts. Senator Thayer Verschoor (R-Gilbert) was ousted from his position as Senate President Pro Tem and Senate Majority Whip Pamela Gorman (R-Anthem) was removed from the Rules Committee.
Their crime: Defending taxpayers from a massive tax increase pushed by an unelected governor in the middle of a recession.
It has been a sad state of affairs for Republicans in Arizona this year. There was hope among many that years of fiscal irresponsibility would end with Governor Janet Napolitano being replaced by Republican Jan Brewer. Yet in a move that left many puzzled, Brewer came out of the gate early this year with a proposal for the aforementioned multi-billion dollar sales tax increase. Now true conservatives such as Gorman and Verschoor are being punished for not supporting the Governor’s tax hike.
Verschoor will be replaced by Senator Steve Pierce (R-Prescott). Gorman’s replacement on the rules committee has yet to be named.