On July 24th, 2013, the US called a vote (number 412) where she chose NOT to stand with 205 other US House members in placing a limit on government snooping. Kyrsten Sinema chose to reject limits on NSA data collection. In doing this, she supports a "Big Brother" government with no limits. We call on our fellow Arizona residents to support the recall of Kyrsten Sinema.According to Secretary of State staff, 62,533 (valid) signatures of voters registered in the Nineth District must be filed on or before December 6, 2013 in order to force a recall election.
If this recall puts pressure on Sinema to find the Democratic voice she seems to have lost over the last couple of months, it could be a good thing. But it is also possible Sinema, figuring the odds are stacked heavily against the possibility the petition could succeed, will completely ignore Shipley and Eichenauer.
It was just last night I wrote that I figure the competitive balance of Arizona's First, Second and Nineth Congressional Districts is likely to foster a nasty re-election campaign for Reps. Kirkpatrick, Barber and Sinema.
If nothing else, the recall may raise the possibility this seemingly safe vote will be exploited in the 2014 election season as much as a bold stand in favor of civil liberties would have been.
There seems to be some disagreement among members of the peanut gallery (which includes me) as to whether Members of Congress are considered "public officers" according to the state constitution.
Article 8, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution states:
Every public officer in the state of Arizona, holding an elective office, either by election or appointment, is subject to recall from such office by the qualified electors of the electoral district from which candidates are elected to such office. Such electoral district may include the whole state. Such number of said electors as shall equal twenty-five per centum of the number of votes cast at the last preceding general election for all of the candidates for the office held by such officer, may by petition, which shall be known as a recall petition, demand his recall.Until I get insight from an attorney, I have to figure that the Secretary of State's office would not have accepted the application, put a deadline date on it and calculated the number of signatures required if it was NOT possible to recall a Congressional representative in Arizona.
While there have been several recall applications filed with the Arizona Secretary of State over the years (including this year), none has ever gotten enough signatures to have to consider any other legal question. But I'm sure this has been covered before and likely is covered by the US Constitution which, on issues like this, would almost certainly supercede any state law.
Federal case law that may be applicable to this situation can be read here.
At best, it appears Shipley and Eichenauer have embarked on a symbolic but as far as any direct impact, strictly Quixotic effort to recall Sinema.
Anyway, it's likely there is additional insight to be gained that may warrant further updates.